Musician Melissa Etheridge got her first Grammy nomination for the hit single "Bring Me Some Water" from her self-titled 1988 debut album. She's been living a rockstar life—touring the world and racking up awards (and fans)—ever since. However, Broadway is a whole other beast of a schedule for the performer.
Playbill caught up with Etheridge as she walked the red carpet on opening night of her new Broadway show Melissa Etheridge: My Window. "Oh, you Broadway folks aren't kidding around. You get to work," she says. "This is very different. I usually roll into town on a bus, get out, do my show, get back on the bus, have a couple of days off or something. This is for real."
Previews for Melissa Etheridge: My Window began September 14 at Circle in the Square. The run officially opened September 28 and will play through November 19. Read the reviews here.
Accompanying herself on guitar, piano, drums, and looping machine, Etheridge walks fans through her life—in story and song—from her childhood in Kansas through her Grammy-winning career, detailing all of her struggles, including her battle with cancer and the death of her son, and ultimately finding peace.
"Yes, I bring up some very difficult subjects that were in my life," she says, "but its about showing everyone how to keep walking with joy, no matter what happens."
Check out the interview with Etheridge in the video above, including a shout out to her high school drama teacher. "I made it!" Etheridge tells Mr. Carr.
The show is written by Etheridge, with additional material by her wife, television writer and showrunner Linda Wallem-Etheridge (Nurse Jackie, That '70s Show). The onstage cast also includes Kate Owens, making her Broadway debut as "The Roadie." Amy Tinkham directs.
The creative team includes scenic design by Bruce Rodgers, costume design by Andréa Lauer, lighting design by Abigail Rosen Holmes, projection design by Olivia Sebesky, and sound design by Shannon Slaton.
Take a look through the opening night red carpet gallery below. Guests included Gina Gershon, Tony-winning actors J. Harrison Ghee (we want that bag!) and Adrienne Warren (we want that hat!), and Tony-winning director Kenny Leon.
Melissa Etheridge: My Window previously ran Off-Broadway in October 2022 at New World Stages.
The Broadway residency 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.