As the Greater Boston area launches into theater season, grab your gal pals and get ready to celebrate some girl power onstage. Theaters around the city are highlighting must-see productions focused on female interests and talent. Don’t miss this!
Beyoncé-esque costumes and powerhouse pop and hip-hop rhythms, Henry Tudor’s six queens turn their tumultuous history into a 75-minute girl power anthem for American Repertory Theater.
This show is already a social media phenomenon, and it seems destined for Broadway. Actors in the roles of each of the six wives of England’s Henry VIII have suffered divorce, beheading and decades of mansplaining. But, now, they’re fed up.
August 21-September 29
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
617.547.8300 or americanrepertorytheater.org
We’re not talking about Tom Brady’s better half here — she’s been off the catwalk for a few years now. It’s Boston Ballet, actually, that’s staging “Giselle,” a classic and technically complex ballet first performed in 1841 that has become one of the foundations of romantic dance theater.
The tale follows the title character as she falls desperately in love and then, after a betrayal, into madness. Of course, it’s all performed with the usual lavish fantasy of the Boston Ballet, this time with staging done by Boston Ballet ballet master Larissa Ponomarenko. All eyes are on the principal dancer in this emotionally wrought show.
Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston
617.695.6955 or bostonballet.org
Marie and Rosetta
In collaboration with Front Porch Arts Collective, Greater Boston Stage Company presents “Marie and Rosetta,” a wild romp based on the true-life story of gospel and guitar music sensation Sister Rosetta Tharpe that follows Tharpe and her protégée Marie Knight as they tour 1940s Mississippi.
The music created by this pair of performers had a huge influence on big-time musicians, including Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. Now, the two black women who inspired it all are finally getting their musical due.
October 17-November 10
395 Main St., Stoneham
781.279.2200 or greaterbostonstage.org
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
The Lyric Stage Company’s Spiro Veloudos directs “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express,” celebrating the famous mystery writer who rose to fame during a trying time for female authors.
In what is one of her most famous works, an American tycoon is found dead in his train compartment and everyone is a suspect. Only the dapperly dressed detective Hercule Poirot can get to the bottom of the crime — or will you?
November 22-December 22
140 Clarendon St., Boston
617.585.5678 or lyricstage.com