STORY WRITTEN BY RITA CHARLESTON
For Digital First Media
Featuring more than 60 Top 40 songs, and celebrating the story of women in the 20th century, “Respect: A Musical Celebration of Women,” continues at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse, 2l1 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., through May 31.
Created and written by Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic, and based on her book, “Respect: Women and Popular Music,” the show features dozens of songs from the 1900s up to the present time, and sung by four women identified as the Ingenue, the Narrator, the Leading Lady, and the Diva. All four portray characters that supplement the songs and provide another way to connect the song lyrics to the struggle of women over the century.
Ft. Washington native Lindsay Roberts plays the Diva. She says she finds the role an artistic challenge that she’s thoroughly enjoying. “The breadth of material we are covering in the show required a lot of research. And now that the show is up and running, audiences will hear everything from ‘Bill Bailey’ to ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ to ‘I Will Survive’ and many, many more.”
Roberts’ love affair with the theater began in high school. After graduation she went on to get her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance with a minor in Music Education at the University of Maryland. She is currently a Master of Science in Arts Administration Candidate at Drexel University.
She made her Broadway National Tour debut in the Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis,” and recently completed the Broadway First National Tour of “The Gershwins: Porgy and Bess.”
She admits she’s enjoyed her many roles over the years, and this current one as the Diva is fast becoming one of her favorites. “The songs are wonderful, and singing with the three other women in the cast has made us fast friends.”
Her passion for performing is matched by her passion for education. Serving as both director and music director for numerous youth organizations Roberts works tirelessly with the Broadway Dream Foundation.
“For young people wanting to get into this business, I think it’s very important for them to define their own theory of success,” Roberts explains. “For some, it could be to be on Broadway. For others, it could be to be an employed actor working successfully in Philadelphia. I believe they should continue to train, network and remain open to all possibilities.”
For information, call (855) 448-7469.