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Is Grease Sexist?

I once told a friend of mine that I think Grease is horribly sexist because the plot is basically: girl changes herself to get the guy. He responded, “I always thought it was her throwing off negative social norms. It’s not like the whole goody two shoes thing was good.” His sentiments versus my own are the crux of the argument about whether Grease is a sexist movie, or one that supports feminist ideals. 

Elizabeth Swados

One of the youngest playwrights ever to have a play produced on Broadway, Liz Swados was unafraid of tackling heavy subjects like politics, racism, and mental illness.

Steve Benson on Bette Midler's Unique Voice

This Week in History: On October 31, 1989, the US Court of Appeals ruled that Bette Midler's voice could not be mimicked for ads without her permission. Steve Benson describes the impact of the landmark copyright case.
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Etta King on the Birth of Dorothy Fields

This Week in History: On July 15, 1904, lyricist Dorothy Fields was born. Etta King considers the mix of romance, comedy, and honest emotion in "The Way You Look Tonight" as it was first performed in "Swingtime."
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This Week in History: On July 15, 1904, lyricist Dorothy Fields was born. Etta King considers the mix of romance, comedy, and honest emotion in "The Way You Look Tonight" as it was first performed in "Swingtime."

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Etta King discusses Dorothy Fields (1904 – 1974).

Etta King discusses Dorothy Fields (1904 – 1974).

Miriam Cantor-Stone on Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award

This Week in History: On June 4, 1989, Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win the Tony Award. Miriam Cantor-Stone talks about the importance of Wendy Wasserstein's focus on women as complex characters instead of stereotypes.
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This Week in History: On June 4, 1989, Wendy Wasserstein became the first woman playwright to win the Tony Award. Miriam Cantor-Stone talks about the importance of Wendy Wasserstein's focus on women as complex characters instead of stereotypes.

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Sophie Tucker in "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker"

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Singer and comedian Sophie Tucker performing in The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.
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Singer and comedian Sophie Tucker performing in The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.

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Sophie Tucker Performing

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Singer and comedian Sophie Tucker performing.
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