A public giggle over the personal realities of aging: Menopause The Musical is a good laugh for women... and men too.

American writer and producer Jeanie Linders has created a show that’s entertained audiences world-wide since March 2001 with its universal appeal. It is the perfect vehicle for Linders’ passion for helping women connect and support one another. This uplifting show culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing ‘the change’.

Set in a Myer department store and not only Australianised but ‘Adelaideised’ was a homely touch. Four very different women of a certain age meet and argue over a bargain to find they have one thing in common: their hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, night sweats and wrinkles. The story is a sisterhood that develops told through songs, as they realise menopause is no longer the silent passage and every woman’s life is perfectly normal.

The scenes were introduced with a lift stop on a department floor, showing the women facing a new situation, such as the dilemmas of dealing with husbands, mothers, children, grandchildren, friends and jobs. The words of many hits songs were changed to parody the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s and were hilarious!

The professional woman, Maria Mercedes had an out-standing voice and her impersonation of Tina Turner singing ‘Fever’ was hysterical. The housewife, Donna Lee was finding her inner strength and had great facial expressions. Her song 'It’s only you' sung to a vibrator was very amusing and she has a sweet voice. Lee is the only original returning cast member from the 2007 Adelaide season. The fading soap star, Carolyn Waddell was working so hard to remain young including embracing cosmetic surgery, that she was the perfect balance. Earth mother Cindy Pritchard had fun making fun of herself such as with the song ‘Let’s get physical’ while attempting a work-out.

A unique celebration of getting older that no woman should miss!

Christine Harris & HIT Productions present
Menopause the Musical 2009
Book and Lyrics by Jeanie Linders

Directed by Gary Young

Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Grote St, Adelaide
Dates/Times: 12 – 14 November 8pm, 14 November 2pm
Tickets: Adults $48, Concession $40, Groups (10 +) $35
Bookings: BASS on 131 246 or online at www.bass.net.au

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