25 to March 25, 2017
by Dorothy Marcic
Featuring Music by Reddy,
Wynette, Gershwin, Rodgers, Hart, Sedaka, & many more!
The international hit RESPECT: A MUSICAL
JOURNEY OF WOMEN makes its Long Island debut! Featuring such
immortal tunes as “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “These Boots
Were Made for Walking,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “What’s Love Got
to Do With It,” and many others, RESPECT chronicles an exhilarating
must-see, must-hear story. From housewife to rebel, from cynic to
Wonder Woman, RESPECT chronicles extraordinary women, celebrating
the music that has defined feelings, ideas and promise. “Hard
Hearted Hannah,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “This One’s for the
Girls,” “I Will Survive,” and “I Am Woman” are just some of the
dozens of songs featured in this show-stopping evening!
||Ronald Green III
||ROBERT W. HENDERSON, JR.
Seniors (65+) $28
Children (5-12) $20
(under 5 not permitted)
Scenes from Respect
- Amanda-Camile, Jessica Contino, Lori Beth Belkin, Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni
- Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni, Lori Beth Belkin, Jessica Contino, & Amanda-Camile
- Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni, Lori Beth Belkin, Jessica Contino, Amanda-Camile
- Jessica Contino, Amanda-Camile, Lori Beth Belkin, & Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni
- Jessica Contino, Amanda-Camile, Lori Beth Belkin, Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni
- Amanda-Camille, Jessica Contino, Lori Beth Belkin
- Jessica Contino, Lori Beth Belkin, & Amanda-Camille
- Lori Beth Belkin, Jessica Contino, Amanda-Camille, and Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni
- Amanda-Camile, Jessica Contino, & Lori Beth Belkin
- Amanda-Camille, Lori Beth Belkin, Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni, Jessica Contino
- Jessica Contino, Lori Beth Belkin, Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni, Amanda-Camille
- Lori Beth Belkin, Jessica Contino, Amanda-Camille, & Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni
Broadway World review of RESPECT
Times Beacon Record review of RESPECT
‘RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMEN’ REVIEW:
20TH CENTURY SOUNDTRACK OF HITS
by Steve Parks, March 1, 2017
“What would be the soundtrack of your life?” the narrator asks at the opening of Theatre Three’s Long Island premiere of “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women.”
That depends on when you were born or what stage of life you’re in now.
Narrator Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni embraces the wistful and witty voice of the show’s creator, Dorothy Marcic, a former Vanderbilt University professor who wrote a book, “Respect: Women and Popu-lar Music,” based on research in which she tabulated hits sung by females since 1900. A solo revue derived from her study debuted in 2002, followed two years later by the current four-woman jukebox musical format, crisply directed by Mary Powers and choreographed by Sari Feldman at Theatre Three.
Long on music — nearly 60 songs are delivered at least in part — and short on academics, “Respect” nevertheless offers a chronological skimming of sociological and political history from 20th century wom-en’s perspective. From “Bird in a Gilded Cage” (a girl who marries for money) to “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” from “Show Boat” and “As Long as He Needs Me” from “Oliver,” the early songs reflect ingrained self-disrespect and codependency — to the point of tolerating abuse. Amanda-Camille evokes the tragic blues of Billie Holiday on “God Bless the Child.” But most of Act 1 is frothier, from “Where the Boys Are” to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Both feature the 20-something baby of the quartet, Jessica Contino, and Lori Beth Belkin as the older-but-wiser-big-sister-type, plus Amanda-Camille. All four fall in line on “I Will Follow Him” and Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Along the way, we follow women into and out of the workplace through a photo montage and commentary about Rosie the Riveter and her return to the kitchen after World War II.
The respect promised in the title emerges in Act II with “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” as civil rights heroine Rosa Parks is highlighted. Introducing Betty Friedan and women’s liberation, Belkin belts out a brassy “You Don’t Own Me,” followed by Contino’s less-than-strident “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Amanda-Camille’s torrid “I Will Survive” is bookended by “I Am Woman” and “At Seventeen” in which she’s joined by her younger and older “sisters.”
The women are accompanied on Randall Parsons’ colorfully lit set, framing the photo scrapbook, by Steve McCoy’s versatile and vibrant three-piece band. The title song that became Aretha Franklin’s anthem serves as the revue’s stand-up-and-sing-along encore.