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Theatrical productions that involve strong female characters, or productions with strong female characters that are also musically driven, show up again and again as some of the most popular with audiences and with the critical community, as well. You may be able to movie renditions of these classics by getting TV service information at www.directtvbeatscable.com.
Let’s talk about two of the most popular theater productions of the last century, and see how this theory holds up.
“Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, remains one of the most popular and critically acclaimed theatrical productions in history. The play is generally regarded as Williams’ finest, and its original Broadway production starred young Marlon Brando as the rough-edged Stanley Kowalski, and film and stage actress Jessica Tandy as the leading character, the delicate and damaged Blanche Dubois. This role of Blanche was later played by Vivien Leigh in the film version, and was later taken on, in a memorable performance, by Jessica Lange, on Broadway and later in a television production.
This show combines great writing with roles that have brought out legendary performances from many of the great actresses of our time or any time. It continues to be performed in revivals across the United States, and still offers actresses one of the most challenging roles ever written.
“Funny Girl” was the Broadway hit musical that brought the young Barbra Streisand huge acclaim, as well as Tony Award and later, an Academy Award. This show tells the colorful story of vaudeville and film star Fanny Brice, as she rises from life in the Lower East Side of New York to the heights of stardom in the Zeigfield Follies, to heartbreak as she loses the love of her life, gambler Nick Arnstein, to divorce.
This musical combines an engaging story with great songs, including “Funny Girl,” which Streisand made into her signature song. It remains one of the most popular musicals ever, and the title role is one of the most coveted by singing actresses looking for great parts to perform.
Obviously, great roles for women, great writing, and great music do seem to be the necessary ingredients for popular success on stage. See you at the theater!