Menopause the Musical Sun, Aug 18, 4 PM – Tower Theatre
A musical about… menopause? Yep. “Menopause the Musical” is a highly acclaimed show that’s now been seen by nearly 15 million people across 16 countries and 500 cities. Internationally, the show has performed in Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Slovenia, and South Korea, and continues to expand into new cities. In fact, the show was voted 2015’s Best Live Show by Vegas Seven and won the Entertainers of the Year award in 2016! The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Today Show and Joy Behar of The View have all given the musical glowing reviews.
So what exactly is menopause? Menopause is the time in a woman’s life that marks the end of her menstrual cycles. It’s diagnosed after she’s gone 12 months without a menstrual period and it can happen in her 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 40 million women are currently going through menopause. Although Menopause is a natural biological process, it’s not something spoken about openly in conversation, let alone sung about in a musical performance. However, the physical symptoms, including hot flashes, and emotional symptoms are no laughing, jovial matter. It can disrupt a woman’s ability to sleep, lower her energy or affect her emotional health. On a positive note, there are many treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.
Although it’s simply a life stage, many women going through menopause avoid talking to their doctors about their symptoms because of the social stigma surrounding this transitional period. When people think of menopause, they associate it with growing old or sickness. In recent years, celebrities have started to use their platform to bring awareness to menopause. Viola Davis told Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night show that “menopause is hell” and a “dark hole.” It’s important for young women too, to understand their bodies and what to expect. The more we discuss the process openly, the more compassion and understanding there will be.
What makes “Menopause the Musical” unique is that although it’s geared towards something that every woman experiences in her life at some point or another, the topic is still somewhat taboo. This 90-minute production is looking to change that through music, dancing, and comedy.
The show centers around four women at a lingerie sale who have nothing in common but a black lace bra and all of the classic symptoms of menopause. The production’s main characters, “Earth Mother,” “Soap Star,” “Iowa Housewife,” and “Professional Woman,” quickly create a sisterhood as they laugh at their hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, memory loss, night sweats, and endless chocolate binges. This hilarious musical parody is set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that will have the audience dancing in your seat all night long.
A few of the 25 parodies that you can expect to sing along to include: “Stayin’ Alive” that’s been changed to “Stayin’ Awake,” Motown favorite “My Girl” that’s been transformed into “My Thighs,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which switches to “In the Guest Room on the Sofa, My Husband Sleeps at Night.”
In March 2001, the first show took the stage in a small 76-seat theatre in Orlando. Becoming such a phenomenon around the world, “Menopause The Musical” has been translated into nine languages and holds the record for the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history.
The musical isn’t just a nice night out, either. The producers of “Menopause The Musical,” have raised more than $1 million to benefit charities and causes aimed at improving women’s lives. In addition, men are encouraged to attend and those that do, learn about the process and how they can better support their partner.
The attendees of “Menopause the Musical” may walk in as strangers, but they’ll leave as friends, bonding over shared struggles experienced during menopause. See what millions worldwide have been laughing about for over 18 years when “Menopause the Musical” comes to town on August 18, just before Menopause Awareness Month in September. Menopause Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate women (and men) about menopause. Get your tickets for this hilarious musical at Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts today.
The Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts opened in 1939 as a 20th Century Fox Movie House but was restored as a center for the performing arts. It boasts an authentic art deco theme throughout and is considered one of the finest facilities of its kind in California. In fact, the theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.