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June 12, 2014

A musical journey of women to be performed at Indian Hills

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College will host the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Art’s Iowa Summer Rep touring production of “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” at 7:30 p.m. June 27 in St. John Auditorium on Indian Hills’ Ottumwa campus.

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.” The performance is free and open to the public.

Marcic combines excerpts of more than 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence and more. 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,” critics say this show is more than just a story worth telling, it’s a must-see and must-hear production.

For more than the first half of the last century, the voice of women in Top-40 popular music was one of neediness and dependency with lyrics like "I'll do anything for you" and "I'll stand by my man." By the end of the century, things were quite different. Popular music had come far enough so that women looked for the hero within themselves, were urged to get on their feet and make it happen and ready to stand on their own with or without a man. Marcic created this musical based on her book, “Respect: Women and Popular Music,” where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900.

"This show is crammed full of great Top-40 pop hits, sung by our fabulous cast,” said Director 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 ‘RESPECT!’ Great!"

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