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Evynne Hollens Contemporary Songbook Project VIII
Sat, Feb 25 - Sun, Feb 26
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Dan & Christine Dunnington
Production sponsors
Dan & Christine Dunnington
Production sponsors
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
  • Description
  • Personnel
  • Program
Evynne Hollens’ Contemporary Songbook Project returns in its 8th edition, this February, celebrating female writers on Broadway. A concert weekend highlighting an award-winning list of contemporary Broadway musicals written by women, featuring selections from Hadestown, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, Fun Home, Once on this Island, Ragtime, Anastasia, The Color Purple, Bring It On, Waitress, Mean Girls, and the newest current Broadway royal-hit, SIX The Musical.
Long considered the Golden Age of musical theatre, the 1940s and 1950s were a time when women writers on Broadway were almost completely absent. In 1959, Mary Rodgers, daughter of musical theater titan Richard Rodgers, wrote the music for Once Upon a Mattress which shortly became her first and only hit, along with all other women writers until the 1970s. After a gap in the late 80s, the number of women composing for Broadway slowly began to build through the 90s and 2000s, until 2015 when Broadway boasted the highest number of female composers in one season: a whopping total of three, including Jeanine Tesori, the most prolific and honored female theatrical composer in history, known for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, Shrek The Musical and the critically acclaimed Fun Home (to name a few). The following year, Sara Bareilles' hit musical Waitress became the first Broadway musical in history in which the book writer, songwriter, choreographer and director were all female artists. In 2022, Broadway is finally seeing more women writers, directors, and producers, boasting the first woman to pen a play and a musical in the same season, an increase of women in design categories at the TONY awards than ever before, and a record number of successful female producers who are notably hiring more female writers and directors.
Local Broadway, Youtube & Eugene-born artist Evynne Hollens, will once again gather a diverse group of musicians from Broadway in New York, to Broadway in Eugene, and highlight a smashing lineup of music from hit Broadway musicals, including a few lesser known gems, written by women, from the era of modern musical theatre. You don't want to miss this spectacular evening featuring some of Broadway's best music from this extraordinary lineup. Notable artists whose work will be featured include: Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical, Caroline, or Change, Fun Home), Lynn Ahrens (Once on this Island, Ragtime), Amanda Green (Bring It On), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), Sara Bareilles (Waitress), Brenda Russell & Allee Willis (The Color Purple), Irene Sankoff (Come From Away), Cyndi Lauper (Kinky Boots), Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden), Edie Brickell, (Bright Star), Anaïs Mitchell (Hadestown) and Lucy Moss (SIX The Musical).
Event Personnel
Evynne Hollens, artistic director
Vicki Brabham, band director
Choral Ensemble
Sarah Battye
Lyric Rosa-O'Hayer
Anya Parco
Chloe Aaron-Montes
Sarah Aasheim
Emi Henrickson
Evie Hergenreter
Sage Pomlee-Solar
Brenna Scott
Alexis Smith
Chelsea Young
Vicki Brabham, piano
Keri Davis, keyboard/synth
Alexandre Pabst, bass
Alis Tare, percussion
Ruxton Schuh, guitar
Gemma Williams, guitar
Amy Danziger, cello
— Dolly Parton & Jeanine Tesori
 9 To 5
(1980) 9 To 5 And Odd Jobs Dolly Parton (w/m)
 Forget About The Boy
(2002) Thoroughly Modern Millie Dick Scanlan (w) Jeanine Tesori (m)
 What Do I Need With Love
(2002) Thoroughly Modern Millie Dick Scanlan (w) Jeanine Tesori (m)
 Days And Days
(2013) Fun Home Lisa Kron (w) Jeanine Tesori (m)
— Lynn Ahrens
 Mama Will Provide
(1990) Once On This Island Lynn Ahrens (w) Stephen Flaherty (m)
| Medley |
 Once Upon A December
(1996) Anastasia Lynn Ahrens (w) Stephen Flaherty (m)
 Journey To The Past
(1996) Anastasia Lynn Ahrens (w) Stephen Flaherty (m)
 My Petersburg
(2016) Anastasia Lynn Ahrens (w) Stephen Flaherty (m)
 Your Daddy's Son
(1975) Ragtime Lynn Ahrens (w) Stephen Flaherty (m)
— Sara Bareilles
 When He Sees Me
(2015) Waitress Sara Bareilles (w/m)
 A Soft Place To Land
(2015) Waitress Sara Bareilles (w/m)
 Never Getting Rid Of Me
(2016) Waitress
 She Used To Be Mine
(2015) Waitress Sara Bareilles (w/m)
— Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Marsha Norman
 What About Love?
(2005) The Color Purple Stephen Bray, Allee Willis, Brenda Russell (w/m)
— Anna Gilbert & Gaby Moreno
 She Se Puede
(2023) Milagro Gaby Moreno (w/m)
 Still Breathing
(2023) Milagro Anna Gilbert (w/m)
 Dear J
(2023) Milagro Anna Gilbert (w/m)
 Woman Warrior
(2023) Milagro Gaby Moreno (sp) (w) Anna Gilbert (w/m)
 She's Flying
(2023) Milagro Anna Gilbert (w/m)
— Nell Benjamin
 Omigod You Guys
(2007) Legally Blonde Nell Benjamin (w/m)
 Chip On My Shoulder
(2007) Legally Blonde Nell Benjamin (w/m)
 Meet The Plastics
(2017) Mean Girls Nell Benjamin (w) Jeff Richmond (m)
 World Burn
(2017) Mean Girls Nell Benjamin (w) Jeff Richmond (m)
— Amanda Green
 One Perfect Moment
(2012) Bring It On Amanda Green (w) Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt (m)
 Joy Of The Lord
(2013) Hands On Hardbody Amanda Green (w) Trey Anastasio (m)
— Anaïs Mitchell
| Medley |
 Road To Hell
(2016) Hadestown Anaïs Mitchell (w/m)
 Livin' It Up On Top
(2016) Hadestown Anaïs Mitchell (w/m)
 When The Chips Are Down
(2010) Hadestown Anaïs Mitchell (w/m)
(2010) Hadestown Anaïs Mitchell (w/m)
— Lucy Moss & Toby Marlow
(2017) Six Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss (w/m)
 Don't Lose Your Head
(2017) Six Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss (w/m)
 Heart Of Stone
(2017) Six Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss (w/m)
(2017) Six Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss (w/m)

February, 2023
Sa 25 7:30 pshe is BROADWAY: Eugene
Su 26 4:00 pshe is BROADWAY: Eugene
Ticket/Venue Info
she is BROADWAY Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
AA32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  21.00 
A28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  18.25 
B24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  15.75 
C18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  11.75 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor