The Decade in Theater: Ascendant Women, Declining Musicals

More women than ever are driving the theater world, but a focus on safe investments means that the Broadway-style American musical continues to struggle.

Ten years ago, close observers of the theater scene would likely have agreed that most of the main figures in American theater, actors excluded, were men. But things were already changing in 2010, and I don’t know anyone who’d make such a claim today. To the contrary, American theater is now well on the way to becoming a woman’s game. Were...