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Respect - A Musical Celebration of Women - Herberger Theater Center
Review: Feb. 2014

Respect - A Musical Celebration of Women is a musical celebration of women but also a musical revue that both sexes can enjoy. With insightful narrative woven among the songs, and a talented group of ladies singing the songs and telling stories of women throughout the century, the show is uplifting and at times even emotional, but also fun. While it is in parts motivational and inspiring, it is never preachy. You will hear the lyrics of these many well-known songs in a completely different way.

— Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews, Phoenix
Review by Gil Benbrook
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Respect - A Musical Journey of Women is An Inspiring, Comedic Must-see
Review: Feb. 11, 2014

“Respect – A Musical Journey of Women” is an important show. And it’s not because it’s hilarious and has a talented cast of singers and actresses. It’s because no matter how smart you are or how much you know about women’s history, you’ll leave the theater knowing something new.

And you’ll also leave the theater proud to be a woman after witnessing years of incredible and talented women making history and overcoming obstacles. This inspiring of a show should not be missed.

“Respect” will be performed through March 2 and tickets can be purchased online at the Herberger’s site or at the Herberger Theater box office.

—Curtain Critic (Phoenix)
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After a two-year respite, RESPECT: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF WOMEN returns to rock the Herberger! Regardless of your gender, if you enjoy music that tells a story and spans 100 years, then you’re gonna love RESPECT: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF WOMEN now through March 3 at the Herberger Theater Center. After touring worldwide in a one-woman show called THE MUSICAL HISTORY OF WOMEN, Marcic's stage adaptation of her book premiered with a Narrator who tells/sings life stories woven together by lyrics and accentuated by inspiring or ironic photos -- the Phoenix production is salted with local celebrity picts too!
—Examiner.Com, Feb. 17, 2013
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RESPECT A Musical Journey of Women at The Herberger Theater, Phoenix How do you spell hit—with a capital H? R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Find out what it means to the cast of this entertaining and drop-dead funny musical sensation now playing at the Herberger Theater center in Phoenix. Producers Phillip Rodger Roy and Dana Matthow have teamed up with writer Dorothy Marcic and Director Bud Martin to take us on a ride through a glorious soundtrack about women over the last 100 years!
—Arizona Weekly Magazine, Dec. 30, 2010
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Fans of the "feel good" musical will love the dressed-up "top 40" tunes of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" playing through Feb. 12, 2011 at the Hernerger Theater Center in Phoenix.

But so will those who enjoy deeper fare — because the 50+ tunes featured in "respect" are a vehicle for recounting the changing roles of women during the last 100 or so years.
—Stage Mom - by Lynn Trimble, Dec. 28, 2010
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After a sold-out run at Act II Playhouse, RESPECT recently played at Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jan 27 through April 18, 2010. Danielle Herbert, a member of the cast, discussed in this video what audiences could expect from the show and then performed for the 10 Show.


Perhaps the biggest difference between a modern-day woman and women of the '50s or '60s is the wide expanse of choices that are now available. Where once a woman's life was dictated by a societal fervor that demanded conformity, now the average woman has many different socially acceptable avenues she might take in her journey through life.

It is with this notion in mind that "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" takes audiences through time via pop songs and their lyrics, says Bud Martin, who directs this latest musical production to come from Ambler's Act II Playhouse.

"One of the things [audiences are left with] at the end of play is that life is all about having fun. I don't want to overanalyze and make it too much of a social commentary because at the end it's about having fun."
—Montgomery Media
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No doubt about it: "Respect," a "Girl Em-Powered Musical" that examines women's roles in American popular music, packs plenty of entertainment value. In the show's West Coast premiere at the El Portal's Forum Theatre, a crack ensemble performs a plethora of popular standards, from 1900 to the present, from the sad laments of fluffy female victims ("A Bird in a Gilded Cage") to the angry anthems of women who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore ("I Am Woman" and "You Don't Own Me").
--Los Angeles Times
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Vanderbilt professor Dorothy Marcic has avoided many obvious theatrical and political pitfalls in her survey of women in popular music in 20th-century America. What began as a scholarly book has morphed into a lively, entertaining journey through heartache, joy, and liberation, avoiding the preachiness or stridency of some academic feminists. Although it's a dizzying trip, with more than 70 song snippets, performances by a sizzling ensemble make for a fun ride.
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Researched and written by Vanderbilt Professor and noted popular music authority, Dorothy Marcic, with relatable humor and a lot of spunk, we had a good ole’ time! This popular show has been seen and revered in over a dozen U.S. cities and in Australia, South Africa, England, Holland and Israel. Her clever use of pertinent and hilarious film clips, historically chronicling the experiences of famous ladies and well-known couples, was a crowd-pleasing stroke of genius! 
--Toluca Times
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Director Peter J. Leowy couldn’t have found a more talented quartet of women that Repect’s four stars.  Petite dynamo (and powerful vocalist) George serves as narrator, and occasional co-conspirator, as when she joins the gals for a rocking rendition of Martina McBride’s anthem to women, “This One’s For The Girls.”  Alet Taylor brings a comic flair (and a wow of a voice) to her numbers, and Nraca not only lends her soulful pipes to songs like “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” but pays moving tribute to Rosa Parks. Best of all is the gorgeous triple-threat Jackie Seiden, fresh from the Jersey Boys tour and on the fast track to stardom.
--Stage Scene LA
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Predicting stage success is an unscientific process. But based on her performance in "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women," Timotha Lanae is well on her way. This dynamo tops out even higher in Dorothy Marcic's jaunty jukebox revue, which opened over the weekend at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Staged and choreographed with sassiness by Tamara Kangas and backed by a nimble trio led by pianist Tom Mustachio, "Respect" uses top-40 songs from the 20th century to limn the expansion (and contraction) of women's roles inside the home and out. "Respect" goes down as easy as dessert.
--StarTribune.com; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
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"Respect” is a 4-woman show featuring CDT veteran Timotha Lanae, who was chosen to go to Hollywood as a finalist in American Idol last season, as well as newcomers Seri Johnson, Emily Skinner and Andrea Uselman-Brandt. Understudies are Melinda Moore and Austene Van. More than 60 songs from 1900 to 2000 are intermingled with monologues and representations of famous real women and archetypes including Rosa Parks, Rosie the Riveter and Betty Boop. It’s entertainment first and foremost but don’t be surprised if you relearn a thing or two.
--Let’s Go South Magazine
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It looks like the Gem Theatre has another huge hit with its new production of Dorothy Marcic's ''RESPECT - A Musical Journey of Women.'' Given the high production value of this show, its talented cast, great music and wildly appreciative mostly female audience, ''Respect'' has all the earmarks ..
--The Monitor
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A jukebox musical revue at it’s finest, Respect strives to tell the tale of the American woman’s journey from 1900 to the present through the Top 40 hits of the times. Peppered with Ella Fitzgerald classics like “Hard Hearted Hannah” and ballads like “Bewitched,” as well as female anthems like Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman,” and MarTina McBride’s “This One’s For the Girls,” Respect is a respectable slice of bubble gum fare. Once you accept this show for what it is, you’ll be in for one heck of a fun ride, complete with some of your favorite songs from the twentieth century.
--Olena Ripnick, Broadway world.com
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If you could pick one song as the soundtrack of your life, what would it be?
Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” perhaps. The Gershwins’ “Someone to Watch Over Me,” maybe. How about Janis Joplin’s trademark “Piece of My Heart”?

Such is the premise of Dorothy Marcic’s “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women,” the jukebox revue on the 14th Street Playhouse mainstage that charts the history of the American female as a chronicle of hard work, disappointment, strength, integrity and love.
--Wendell Brok, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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"Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" will inevitably be compared to its predecessor at the Gem Theatre, "Menopause the Musical," which ran for a record-setting two years and nine months. So, let the comparisons start here. Both revues have casts of four women singing familiar tunes (with new words, in "Menopause"); both are about women and both have female appeal. "Menopause" proved you could run a show forever while drawing from only half the available audience; men shunned it. "Respect" should have broader appeal.
-- MARTIN F. KOHN, The Detroit Free Press
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A SHOW with a specifically feminine theme runs the risk of capturing one half of the audience and alienating the other.
However, depending on the handling of the material, the case can be quite the opposite, as demonstrated by the plethora of partners who were able to safely laugh at the hazards of menopause in the titular musical last year.
After that record-breaking run, its producers are hoping for similar appeal with a production that's been cheekily dubbed by an American reviewer ''pre-Menopause the musical''.
--Olivia Stewart, The Courier Mail
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Respect is a fun trip through time, focussing on the way women’s songs have told the story of women across the 20th century. With a suitably light linking story, it is essentially a concert showcase for four very talented women.
Australian Beatrix Christian has taken an existing show called Respect, written by American Dr. Dorothy Macic, and framed a story...
-- Simon Parris, Theatrepeople.com.au
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Like the song says, R-E-S-P-E-C-T means a lot - especially to writer Dorothy Marcic. She traced how the changes in women's music over the last century reflected the empowerment of women - politically, socially and economically. The concept meant so much to her that the Vanderbilt University professor wrote a book about it.
--Rosemary Ford, Eagle-Tribune
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Yes, this time the You go, girl! shouts are being triggered by a musical march through the 20th century, tracing the travails and triumphs of women as they have clawed their way from second-class citizenship to empowerment. And … imaginative staging and a relentlessly effusive cast make it all work disarmingly well.
--Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene
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When I first heard the concept of “Respect: A Musical Journey” — using pop music to trace the progress or lack thereof among the female of our species — my first reaction was: Great. “Pre-menopause the Musical…” In “Respect,” creator Dorothy Marcic uses archeological and anthropological techniques to find songs — from “Bill Bailey” to “Stand by Your Man” to “This One’s for the Girls” — and to arrange them in an engaging, compelling and funny narrative...
--Tony Brown, Plain Dealer Theater Critic
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To understand the progress of women in America, you could read dusty-yet-worthy tomes about the fight for suffrage. You could take a college class in womenís issues. Or you could pull that old record player out of the closet, dig out that stack of 45s and sing along with Aretha, Janis, The Supremes and Dorothy Marcic.
-- Laurie Arendt, gmtoday.com
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As soon as I got around to sitting down in the audience to watch "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women," now playing at the intimate Cuillo Center for the Arts in beautiful downtown Clematis Street, I had an aching feeling in my stomach, thinking the worst... Well, by the time the show ended, I found myself grinning ear-to-ear. The music was great, the singing superb, and the script solid. What a great evening of theater!
-- Mark Namit, Florida Atlantic University, University Press Online

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Respect: A Musical Journey of Women is a wonderfully entertaining show containing three extremely talented performers who combine strong voices with the ability to sell a song. Free from the expected man-bashing tones of 'women's' shows, Respect sure gained some from me. This is a commemoration of womanhood in song and dance. Featuring over 50 songs scientifically selected by author Dorothy Marcic to chronicle the lives of women in the century of change, Respect contains the songs women listened to during various periods of their lives.
-- Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

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"From doormat to rebel to cynic to Wonder Woman! What a journey! And told by the women themselves--and embellished and enriched by the music that chronicled their feelings, their ideas and their promise. It's more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear story ripe with Broadway and hit musical possibilities."
--Robert Guenette and Julian Ludwig, Hollywood producers .

Four LadiesHalli's Comment! "Your hair will literally stand on end at the conclusion of “I Will Survive” when people from the audience are invited to come on stage and sing and dance along with the performers. After four curtain calls, my hands hurt from applauding. DON’T MISS IT!!
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There’s a wonderful little theatre tucked away in a wonderful little strip mall, with a wonderful little show that’s sure to make it wonderfully BIG! Currently enjoying a respectable run at The Stage Door’s 26th Street Theatre, Wilton Manors, after completing a successful sold-out run at The Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach, RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women, raises the bar on all its forerunners and can set the standard for this particular form of presentation.
-- Phyllis Green, Theater Columnist, Entertainment News & Views
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Don’t think this is a woman’s show, the songs and performances can be enjoyed by all. I loved it, my mother loved it. Joy was contagious throughout the house. This is definitely one entertainment you will want to see. Who knows, you mayb even want to go back and see it again, it’s that good. Heed my advice and go.
--Condo News
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Predominantly female, with supportive or long-suffering men dotted here and there, these crowds hoot and holler as if they were congregants at a revival meeting. And in a way, they are: There's something very spirit-refreshing and empowering about seeing your life experiences (even something as hormonally fraught and sweat-inducing as menopause) reflected in an uplifting way onstage. Theater for the ages it isn't, though both shows feature some powerhouse vocal performances. It's the been-there, felt-that resonance that makes them work.
-- Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

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Audiences are thoroughly enjoying a mixture of women’s history plus great musical numbers in the lively production of RESPECT now at the Stage Door 26th Street Theatre. Billed as a musical journey of women, the creative show uses more than 60 musical numbers to tell the story of how women have seen their roles change since 1900. Written and conceived by Dorothy Marcic and directed by Peter Loewy, the production was a sell-out this past fall in West Palm Beach and producers decided to move it to this area to entertain local audiences. Marcic serves as narrator of the show, giving a bit of history about women in her family, who were housewives, World War II factory workers, single mothers and feminists in their own special ways.
--Bill Hawkins, Island City News

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"From powerless to powerful, women have come a long way baby, in lyrics and in life. Author Dorothy Marcic said one way to track those shifts is through a close look at the top 40 songs of each decade." --Denver Post

Four Ladies“Respect: A Musical Journey of Women,” is a feminist musical history trip that will either cheer you or annoy you, depending upon your orientation. For an opening night crowd at the Cuillo Center, where the show runs through Aug. 8 at 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, the reaction was a big thumbs-up from a cheering throng...
--Skip Sheffield, Boca Raton news.

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'Respect' -- and they ain't lyin'
Musicals have been made from classic novels, campy movies and even comic strips, but it seems likely that RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women is the first show to come from a social history textbook.
--Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post Theater Writer

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RESPECT, which recently aired on CSPAN, is an engaging and entertaining look at the evolving roles of women in the 20th century. Using popular Top 40 hits, music, video images, and costumes, Dr. Marcic illustrates how, in the early part of the century, song lyrics resonated with women's dependency and submissiveness; echoed their rebellion in the late 1960s; and reflected their independence in the 1990s.
--Williams, MA newspaper

'Respect' Creator Traces women's progress
Several years ago, Dorothy Marcic began using Top 40 songs to enhance her leadership seminars. I Will Follow Him, for example, illustrated the old-style management model, which eventually provoked a You Don't Own Me response among employees. "People loved it," said Marcic, a business management professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The lectures led to a new career for Marcic, who now is at home on stage as she is at the podium.
--By Jan S Jostrom, Palm Beach Daily News
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