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Play Review

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014 0:39 AM

'Menopause the Musical' is hilarious at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Photo credit: GFour Productions

The kickline during "Menopause the Musical," playing October 14-16 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

 

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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Menopause the Musical returns to Detroit at the Fisher Theatre October 14-16 for four performances only. Before the show, a gentleman came on stage and offered the audience the option to purchase a hot-flash fan, with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen breast cancer research.

The show opens with four middle-aged women on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." The cast consists of a professional woman (Linda Boston), a soap star (Paula Kline Messner), a hippie mother (Megan Cavanagh) and an Iowa housewife (Annette Houlihan Verdolino).

The entire play takes place in Bloomingdale's department store. These four women meet by chance at a lingerie sale at the store. The first song was "Change, Change, Change" a parody of "Chain of Fools." The Iowa housewife was, in her younger days, the captain of the cheerleading team. Now she feels like the captain of the Titanic.

As they were talking about night sweats. One woman said "I never wake up..... because I don't fall asleep. In the morning, I'm so cranky from not sleeping!" Then the girls sang "Stayin' Awake," a parody of "Stayin' Alive." The women also talked about their "Lost in Space" moments, hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and bad eyesight.

There were 25 parodies from classic pop songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's. Menopause the Musical is now celebrating 13 years of female empowerment through this musical comedy. Nearly 11 million people in 13 countries have attended the performance.

The theatre was packed. There were several men in the audience too. Most men can relate and understand this time in their wives, sisters or mothers' lives. The performance lasted 90 minutes with no intermission. I thought the musical was hilarious. At the end, the girls encouraged women in the audience to dance with them on stage.

Tickets are $49 at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Fisher Theatre is located at 3011 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The performance times are as follows: Tuesday, October 14 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, October 16 at 2 p.m and 8 p.m.

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Photo credit: GFour Productions

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