Playbill has put together a special show called Women in Theatre: A Centennial Celebration, which gives tribute to all women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists and their milestone contributions to the theater over the last 100 years and which also celebrates Women’s Equality Day 2020.
The show is hosted by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Heidi Schreck and Drama Desk nominee Rebecca Naomi Jones. The special features performances from history-making artists like Tony nominee Sara Bareilles singing songs from Waitress, two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, Anna in the Tropics), Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Tony winner Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), and appearances from Pulitzer Prize winners Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lynn Nottage, and Paula Vogel.
The celebration also features performances from Broadway-bound musicals from new voices including sneak peeks at musicals like Jeanette and Gun & Powder and the debut of a new song by SIX creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.
The concert is directed by Melissa Crespo (Native Gardens), with musical direction by Victoria Theodore (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) and sound design by MP Kuo. The jam-packed celebration also features additional performances from Ari Afsar, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Shoshana Bean, Mackenzie Bell, Heather Christian, Kaleigh Cronin, Charlotte d’Amboise, Dayna Dantzler, Kaitlyn Davidson, Treshelle Edmond, Judith Franklin, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Morgan Siobhan Green, Ari Groover, Crystal Monee Hall, Ann Harada, Afra Hines, Kendyl Ito, Brittney Johnson, L Morgan Lee, Beth Malone, J. Elaine Marcos, Bianca Marroquín, Erin McKeown, Charlotte Odusanya, Veronica Otim, Ashley Park, Solea Pfeiffer, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jessica Rush, Christina Acosta Robinson, Sharone Sayegh, Saycon Sengbloh, Kim Steele, Shayna Steele, Alysha Umphress, and Kuhoo Verma.
There are also special appearances by Lynn Ahrens, Roxanna Barrios, Jocelyn Bioh, Jhanae Bonnick, Maybe Burke, Linda Cho, Eisa Davis, Kelly Devine, Sue Frost, Natalie Gershtein, Lauren M. Gunderson, Winnie Holzman, Toni-Leslie James, Hansol Jung, Natasha Katz, Jenny Koons, Lorin Latarro, Mimi Lien, JJ Maley, Beth Malone, Rebecca Martinez, Lisa McNulty, Anaïs Mitchell, Dominique Morisseau, Mayte Natalio, Jessica Paz, Ming Peiffer, Lauren Ridloff, Nicolette Robinson, Sarah Ruhl, Madeline Sayet, Leigh Silverman, Madeline Smith, Susan Stroman, Shaina Taub, Jillian Walker, Whitney White, Tamilla Woodard, and Jeanette Yew.
The benefit concert is raising money for a new initiative of Broadway Advocacy Coalition called BAC Artivisim Fellowship which is focused on empowering artist-activists. The first batch of fellows specifically supports Black cis and trans women artist activists who are fighting for causes like systemic racism and criminal justice reform.
Women in Theatre: A Centennial Celebration streamed on August 27, 8AM Manila time and will remain available for viewing until August 31, 8 AM Manila time.
You can watch the online event below.