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Saturday, January 19 2019
Merrill Auditorium


a Schirmer Theatrical/Greenberg Artists co-production
Arrangements by Jeff Tyzik
Casting by Laura Stanczyk, CSA

PIECE OF MY HEART, by Jerry Ragovoy and Bert Russell
As Recorded by Janis Joplin

DANCING IN THE STREET, by Marvin Gaye, Ivy George Hunter and William Stevenson
As Recorded by Martha Reeves

SO FAR AWAY, by Carole King
As Recorded by Carole King

FLASHDANCE . . . WHAT A FEELING, by Irene Cara and Giorgio Moroder
As Recorded by Irene Cara

LOVIN’ YOU, by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph
As Recorded by Minnie Riperton

FREEWAY OF LOVE, by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden
As Recorded by Aretha Franklin

UP ON THE ROOF, by Carole King and Gerald Goffin
As Recorded by Carole King

LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD, by Holly Knight and Michael Chapman
As Recorded by Pat Benatar

YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN, by Carole King, Gerald Goffin and Gerald Wexler
As Recorded by Carole King

PICK UP THE PIECES, by the Average White Band
As Recorded by the Average White Band

I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL, by Jake Hooker Richards and Allan Sachs
As Recorded by Joan Jett

THESE DREAMS, by Martin Page and Bernard Taupin
As Recorded by Heart

BEST (SIMPLY THE BEST), by Holly Knight and Michael Chapman
As Recorded by Tina Turner

As Recorded by Carole King

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, by Carole King
As Recorded by Carole King

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT, by Edward Schwartz
As Recorded by Pat Benatar

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, by Terence Ernest Britten and Graham Hamilton Lyle
As Recorded by Tina Turner

PROUD MARY, by John Cameron Fogerty
As Recorded by Tina Turner


WOMEN ROCK features the music of Carole King, Holly Knight, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Minnie Riperton, Heart and Carly Simon and honors these powerful female rockers and songwriters who changed rock and roll forever. Soloists include 2017 Grammy Award Nominee singer/songwriter Cassidy Catanzaro, star of A Night with Janis Joplin Katrina Rose Dideriksen and the Broadway, TV and Jazz vocal star Shayna Steele who most recently starred in Hairspray Live on NBC.

A portion of the proceeds from productions of Women Rock will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (WMRC), a non-profit music and mentoring organization that empowers girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster safer spaces, self-respect, leadership  skills, creativity and collaboration.

WMRC offers year-round and summer programs serving girls and gender non-binary youth ages 5-18. The Girls Rock! camp summer sessions (for ages 8-18), and Jumpstart summer rock camp (for ages 5-7), bring together intentionally diverse groups to explore identity and self-expression, ask questions of the world, build community, and act as leaders in their own process of musical creation. The non-profit also offers a
three day Ladies Rock Camp intensive (for adults ages 19 and up), based upon their youth model. Year-round programming includes after school Rhythm & Voice workshops and Rock Out Today mini-camps in NYC public schools, as well as an Arts & Activism Fellowship which provides opportunities for teen women from low and moderate-income households to create their own podcasts, and explore the powerful combination of art and social justice.


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William Waldrop conductor
Cassidy Catanzaro vocalist
Katrina Rose Dideriksen vocalist
Shayna Steele vocalist
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