I just saw Menopause the Musical. What fun! The show is witty, insightful, clever, and well-staged. Although the script is somewhat lacking in plot, the cast of characters is oh so darling and spunky. The playbill lists them as a professional woman, a soap star, an earth mother, and an Iowa housewife. The actresses who portrayed them did wonderful jobs.
And could they sing! The songs move so fast, it’s hard to catch all the lyrics but no matter as any sixties girl will love songs about the Great Change set to olden goldies like “Good Vibrations,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Puff the Magic Dragon,” and “Don’t Say Nothin Bad About My Baby” (changed to”Don’t Say Nothin Bad about My Body.”)
Menopause the Musical touches on so many aspects of menopause that the audience hooted and clapped through most of the show. I was surprised there was no mention of periods and the end of periods (and their sometimes reappearance after a few months).
What was as much fun as the show itself was realizing I have a husband brave enough to go. When the usher seated us, she said to Cliff, “Do you feel intimidated?” (I counted about ten men in the audience.) Happily, he answered, “No.” I suppose if you sweat through menopause with a real live woman, it can only make you so nervous watching stage women acting, dancing, and belting it out.
So do see Menopause the Musical if it comes to your area. Send in your thoughts, those of you who have seen it. To add to the girly atmosphere, the show is set at Bloomies!