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See these Broadway shows directed by women!

April 26, 2022 by Diep Tran
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For a long time, Broadway was known as a boy’s club. After all, it wasn’t until 1998 that a woman won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical: Julie Taymor, for The Lion King. That is why this season has been special. First, for the record number of Black playwrights that have been produced, and secondly, for the number of women directing its productions. In fact, the 2021-22 Broadway season is one for the books, with 11 new shows directed by women. 

The last record season for women was in 2007-2008, with seven women playwrights. And this momentous season is bookended by works written and directed by women: It began with Pass Over — written by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and directed by Danya Taymor (Julie Taymor’s niece) — and ends with POTUS, written by Selina Fillinger and directed by Susan Stroman. 

From workplace comedies to tightly choreographed dramas to a musical about the wives of Henry VIII, here are the eight shows directed by women you can see now.

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Six

Lucy Moss made history this season when, at just 26 years old, she became the youngest woman to ever direct on Broadway when she co-directed Six with Jamie Armitage. And if that doesn’t make you feel bad enough about your age, Moss also co-wrote the hit musical with Toby Marlow when they were both in college. Six has the six wives of Henry VIII tell their own stories with pop songs so catchy, they will be stuck in your head for weeks after. Moss’s voice is young, fresh, and energetic. Considering that Six is her Broadway debut, it’ll be exciting to see what new heights she’ll reach next.

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Company

Two-time Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott worked closely with Stephen Sondheim to update his beloved musical Company, turning its hero Bobby into the heroine Bobbie (played by Tony winner Katrina Lenk). The musical also gets an additional dose of fabulous energy from Patti LuPone as Joanne. Elliott has a particular love for neon lights, which she used in both Company and her 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America. If you go to an Elliott show, you can expect something that is both playful and spectacular — you’ve never seen staging for “Not Getting Married” so inventive, surprising, and hilarious. 

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The Little Prince

There’s not one, but two women that make this Broadway show take flight. Anne Tournié and Chris Mouron co-directed The Little Prince, based on the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry children’s book about a prince who goes off on a space adventure. Tournié choreographed the show, which is filled with circus and aerial acrobatics that Deadline called “breathtaking,” including a moment when the prince flies over the audience’s heads.

Tournié knows more than something about dance: she started her career as a dancer before moving onto being a modern dance choreographer and director. Mouron is also a multi-hyphenate: she co-directed, wrote the script for, and plays the narrator in The Little Prince alone, and she’s also a singer/songwriter. She and Mouron are frequent collaborators; they’ve toured the world with multiple dance/acrobatics shows since 2016. The Little Prince is their Broadway debut, and audience members can come in expecting literal flights of fancy.

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for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

It’s a lot of pressure to be directing the first Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 choreopoem, much less make your Broadway directorial debut doing it while also choreographing. But Camille A. Brown is up for the challenge. Brown is known mainly as a choreographer; her credits include Choir Boy (which earned her a Tony nomination) and the recent revival of Once On This Island. This season, she also directed and choreographed Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera. Her choreography ranges from exuberant to fierce to weary, all the while being powerful and enhancing her performer’s bodies. You’d be hard-pressed to think of a better steward for Shange’s play. 

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Birthday Candles

Vivienne Benesch is an Obie-winning actor with two Broadway credits to her name: After the Fall and The Deep Blue Sea. Now she’s directing another skilled actor: Debra Messing in Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle. The gig marks her Broadway directorial debut. Benesch did not have an easy task for the show, with actors playing multiple parts in a play covering 90 years of one woman’s life. It was a feat to keep those many parts, entrances, and exits moving smoothly, while making sure Messing baked a cake onstage in real time. Benesch succeeded and should get a piece of celebratory cake for her efforts.

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The Minutes

Anna D. Shapiro won a Tony Award in 2008 for directing August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. The two have reunited this season for The Minutes, which takes place in a small town council meeting. But since it’s Shapiro and Letts, things aren’t always what they seem — think Parks & Rec meets Black Mirror. Shapiro has a talent for directing large groups of actors, where each of them has their own quirks and mini-arcs. When you watch The Minutes, watch what the lead characters are saying, but also notice how the characters around them respond (such as taking slow, annoyed water sips or sniffing a donut). Under Shapiro’s precise hand, the actors are on their A-game here. 

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The Skin of Our Teeth

Lileana Blain-Cruz may be a Broadway newcomer, but she’s something of a legend in the Off-Broadway, experimental theater world. There’s no play too bonkers for this director whom the New York Times has called “the master of curating chaos.” You can say she’s the ideal person to direct Thornton Wilder’s strange, otherworldly play The Skin of Our Teeth, about a family in New Jersey living through the apocalypse. Blain-Cruz’s production promises to be spectacular: there’s a life-sized dinosaur on stage. With her wild imagination, Blain-Cruz truly makes the impossible possible.

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POTUS

Susan Stroman has won five Tony Awards as a musical director and a choreographer. So it was the most surprising news when it was announced that Stroman was directing a straight play this season. Stroman is overseeing a new farce by a fresh young playwright, Selina Fillinger, called POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive. And her cast is a who’s who of powerful women: Vanessa Williams, ​​Rachel Dratch, Lea DeLaria, and Julianne Hough, to name a few. There probably won’t be dancing in POTUS, but expect some sharp physical comedy — skillfully directed by one of Broadway’s best.

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