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‘Respect: A Musical Celebration of Women’ at Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center

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The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix, celebrates the story of women in the 20th century with a limited return engagement of “Respect: A Musical Celebration of Women.” The international hit musical, which runs from Feb. 5 to March 2, features such Top 40 songs as “I Am Woman,” “Stand By Your Man,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and of course, the iconic “Respect,” which became Aretha Franklin’s signature song.

Combining song excerpts with women’s own stories, the play shows women going from co-dependent to independent and from being the property of their husbands to becoming presidents of corporations.

Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic created the play based on her book “RESPECT: Women and Popular Music,” in which she analyzed female song lyrics going back to 1900. Developed into a full-scale musical theater production in 2004. the show has been performed throughout the United States and in such cities around the world as Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.

“Respect” is produced by Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow and Bud Martin, whose other shows at the Herberger have included “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” (2008), “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!” (2011–2012) and “My Father’s Jewish & I’m Home for the Holidays” (2012).

Purchase tickets online or call the box office at (602) 252-8497.

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