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Warren Center to present “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women”

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:41 p.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — The Warren Cultural Center will present the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Art’s Iowa Summer Rep touring production of “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” 7 p.m. June 24. This new musical, written and created by Dorothy Marcic, tells the journey of women using Top-40 music from songs like “Someone to Watch Over Me” to “I Will Survive.”

Admission to the musical is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Auditorium doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

Marcic combines excerpts of more than 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce and gaining independence. From the codependence of “I Will Follow Him,” to the anger of “These Boots are Made for Walking,” to the cynicism of “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and finally to the strength of “Hero,” this show is more than just a story worth telling, it’s a must-see and must-hear production.

Marcic created this musical based on her book, “Respect: Women and Popular Music,” where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900. Learn more at www.respectthemusical.com.

“This show is crammed full of great Top-40 pop hits, sung by our fabulous cast,” said Eric Forsythe, head of the MFA Directing program at the University of Iowa. “It’s toe-tapping, hum-along, and maybe sing-along fun for everyone. I mean: ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,’ ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,’ ‘Tammy,’ ‘I Am Woman,’ ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,’ ‘I Will Survive,’ and ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T!’ Great!”

The University of Iowa’s professional repertory theatre company, Iowa Summer Rep, represents a rich tradition of nearly a century of summer theatre at the University of Iowa. Beginning with Edward C. Mabie’s arrival on campus in 1920, summer play production became a regular feature. While many things have changed in the rich history of summer play production, Iowa Summer Rep is proud to continue this tradition with a touring production during the summer of 2014, while the Theatre Building is under construction to repair damage caused by the flood of 2008.

“Over the 90-plus years of Iowa Summer Rep’s journey, we’ve focused on bringing quality summer theatre — by turns entertaining, provocative, gripping, and delightful — to Iowa audiences,” Forsythe said. “This year, we’re taking the show on the road to Iowa communities throughout the state. If you’ve not been able to come to Iowa City to see our work for yourself, here’s your chance! ‘Respect’ is the perfect show for a date or family fun. There’s something here for everyone.”

For a complete list of Iowa Summer Rep 2014 touring locations, visit theatre.uiowa.edu.

This Iowa Summer Rep touring production is made possible by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts. “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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