Women Making Strides Backstage and in the Spotlight

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These Women are Taking Broadway into Their Own Hands


While New York has always had its share of powerhouse leading ladies take the stage, the women of Broadway are now running the show behind the scenes as well.

Some of the top theatre ladies of 2017 include playwright, Lynn Nottage, who is now the first woman to ever win two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. The first was in 2009 for her play, Ruined, a story about the strength and perseverance of women in a civil war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. And now, only a mere eight years later, she has claimed the prestigious award yet again for her play, Sweat, a tale about women surviving the blue-collar work force during layoffs.

In an industry dominated by male directors, Rebecca Taichman became the sixth woman in theatre history to win a Tony for best director, for her show, Indecent. Indecent, a trying story about lesbian love in 1923, was written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Paula Vogel. The show was saved after almost being kicked off Broadway when female producer, Daryl Roth, stepped in and extended the run of the show.

And lastly, one of theatre’s favorite red heads, Bette Midler reprised her role in Hello Dolly! earning her yet another Tony for her mantle. Midler won Best Actress while the show also won Best Revival of a Musical and grossed $2.4 million weekly during 2017, coming in second only to Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton.


Online editor for Hers magazine.

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