What happens when women stop being polite and start getting real? At the Fox Theater on Oct. 3, it will be "Menopause the Musical," a comedic look at "the change."
While the reality of hot flashes, night sweats and memory loss may be more frustrating than funny in real life, this show leans in and embraces the adage of "laugh when you can."
Written by Jeanie Linders, the show has been in rotation since launching in 2001. It's recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries.
Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. The four characters — Iowa Housewife, Soap Star, Earth Mother and Professional Woman — come from different walks of life but start noticing unmistakable similarities among one another. As a result, they joke about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more.
Although there is some dialogue in the show, most of the story is told by way of parodies of about 25 songs of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. For example, "Stayin' Alive" becomes "Stayin' Awake," and "My Guy" is "My Thighs" with lines like "My thighs, everything sticks to my thighs."
Through music and laughs, the quartet form a sisterhood with the entire audience, celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”