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A Woman Is...


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A Woman Is...

A cabaret about family, identity, and becoming who you are

Part monologue, part musical theater, part tribute, part exorcism...


In this production, Kiki Moritsugu explores her relationship with her larger-than-life mother, Canadian actress Jo Hutchings.


A Woman Is . . . illuminates the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship, addressing universal experiences even as it follows the story of one woman.


Kiki’s story is especially interesting because she is of mixed race descent. Her father is Japanese, and her mother was white. Kiki and her mother are/were both performers through and through. This element drives a story that shows how children and parents must face the conflicting motives for connection and independence.


Sharing three generations of backstage stories, Kiki shows the love, laughter, and learning that animated a family where role conflict could be a literal thing…plus, her own, personal experiences, from summer stock to every shopping mall in Canada to Broadway. 


Featured Songs


The Glamorous Life – by Stephen Sondheim, from A Little Night Music


Some Day I’ll Find You – by Noel Coward, from Private Lives


Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington – by Noel Coward


A Little Brains, A Little Talent – by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, from Damn Yankees


The Boston Beguine – by Sheldon Harnick, from New Faces of 1952


Sayonara – by Hy Gilbert and George Fischoff, from Sayonara


Losing My Mind – by Stephen Sondheim, from Follies


Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets – by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, from Damn Yankees


But Alive – by Charles Strouse, from Applause


Maybe This Time – by John Kander and Fred Ebb, from Cabaret



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