Menopause: The Musical
Here’s a hot flash! Menopause: The Musical returns to prove that “The Change” is indeed a laughing matter. Filled with parodies of songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s,’ like “Stayin’ Awake” and “Puff, my God, I’m Draggin,’” the show tackles the good, the bad and the ugly of getting older while female.
Written by Jeanie Linders, Menopause” The Musical, debuted in Orlando in 2001 in a 76-seat theater and converted perfume shop, the Orlando Street Theatre. It quickly became a world-wide phenomenon, and is the longest-running scripted musical in Las Vegas history. Nearly 11 million people in 350 cities and 15 countries have seen the show, which has universal appeal from South Korea to Slovenia and Italy to Israel.
The show loosely deals with four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. There are 25 parodies of songs from the Baby Boomer era that will have you dancing in the aisles and then complaining that you’re soaking wet.
Menopause: The Musical, is not just for women, although it makes a great Girls’ Night Out. Archie Bunker once told Edith, when she was going through menopause, that she had 60 seconds to “Change.” Menopausal women and the men who love them will love the light-hearted look at a time that is too often treated as the beginning of the end, instead of as a new beginning.
The show serves to remind us of several important messages that will make the menopausal experience more tolerable and are almost public service announcements. Two of them, sold on T-shirts so you won’t forget the messages, are “I Want Peace & Love but Chocolate Will Do for Now” and “Keep Calm and Turn the Fan on.” Fans and chocolate and maybe the occasional glass of wine will get you through the challenges of menopause. So will laughing yourself silly, especially at yourself. Come see Menopause: The Musical. It’s part of the cure.