I thought I was hallucinating when I started seeing ads for "Menopause, The Musical" on the Internet. Somebody's idea of a bad joke, right?
But no. It's real. Here's what the Detroit Free Press said about it: "Enjoy this musical comedy about four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, wrinkles, eating binges and more." Tickets are $30 to $40.
At first I thought: No thanks. Been there. Done that. Didn't cost nuthin.
Now I think it's kinda funny. Don't know where I've been but "Menopause, The Musical" has been around for a few years. Written by Jeanie Linders, it's a 90-minute production aimed right as us baby-boomers; it even includes 25 tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s. .
The website says it is, "Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance, the musical pokes fun at things such as hot flashes, memory loss, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and eating binges. The show's intended message is that menopause is a passage, but it should no longer be The Silent Passage. It is a stage in every woman's life that is perfectly normal."
Menopause The Musical opened in Orlando, Florida, in 2001, but honestly no one I know had been talking about it until recently.
My friends and I were joking about it but a little research showed me that the 2005 - 2006 tour raised nearly $500,000 for ovarian cancer research and awareness. Brava, ladies!
The 2008 - 2009 tour began in September. Though the ticket price seems a bit steep, remember some of it goes to charity. If you want to see it-and hey, it could be fun if you pick the right friends to accompany you-go to the website www.menopausethemusical.com. It's playing in various places until next April.
Might as well enjoy the ride, right?
Published On: November 09, 2008