Melissa Etheridge to bring solo show to Broadway

“Melissa Etheridge: My Window on Broadway” will open on the Main Stem in the fall. The nine-week limited engagement will officially open on Sept. 28 and run through Nov. 19 at Circle in the Square Theatre.

Her single called “Bitch” was released in 1993 and song became one of her most popular and well-known tracks. It has a catchy, rock-infused sound and showcases Etheridge’s bold and unapologetic style. “Bitch” received significant radio airplay and became a signature song for her.

Melissa Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She was born on May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas. Etheridge is known for her powerful and raspy voice and her heartfelt, introspective songwriting. She gained mainstream recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s with her breakthrough album “Melissa Etheridge,” which featured the hit singles “Bring Me Some Water” and “Like the Way I Do.”

Throughout her career, Etheridge has released numerous successful albums, earning several Grammy Awards for her work. She is also known for her activism, particularly as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Etheridge publicly came out as a lesbian in 1993 and has been a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community ever since.

Melissa Etheridge’s music covers various genres, including rock, folk, and blues, and she has continued to release albums and tour over the years, showcasing her powerful voice and passionate songwriting.

The Broadway mounting follows a sold-out three-week run of “Melissa Etheridge Off Broadway: My Window — A Journey Through Life” at New World Stages Off-Broadway in October 2022.

Etheridge previously appeared on the Main Stem as St. Jimmy in “American Idiot” for a brief run in February 2011.

Directed by Amy Tinkham, “Melissa Etheridge: My Window on Broadway” is written by Etheridge, with additional material by Linda Wallem-Etheridge. The creative team includes scenic design by Bruce Rodgers, lighting design by Abigail Rosen Holmes, projection design by Olivia Sebesky, and sound design by Colle Bustin.

“I truly love Broadway, and it’s long been a dream of mine to tell my story and share my music there,” Etheridge said in a statement. “I never felt more connected to this community and New York audiences than I did after telling my life story off-Broadway last year. The intimacy of the live theatrical stage is like no other, and Circle in the Square is going to be a magical home for my show’s Broadway debut. I can’t wait to come back to the City! It’s a deeply personal experience to be able to tell these stories again, in a fresh and exciting way, and reconnect with my fans and theatergoers.”

“Melissa Etheridge: My Window on Broadway” is produced by Michael Cohl and EMC Presents in association with Larry Mestel, Deborah Klein and Steven Greener for Primary Wave Music. Glenn Orsher serves as executive producer.

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