Menopause The Musical | Playhouse @ Westport Plaza

Just when you thought you’d never snicker about night sweats or find hot flashes funny…! 

Ladies (and gentlemen, for that matter), I don’t want to see a single “all dressed up with no place to go” complaint on social media over the course of these next several weeks because you DO have somewhere to be—at Menopause The Musical! This show and venue are the epitome of a perfect night out. The plaza is full of delicious places to eat (or you could sip coffee at Starbucks with your squad beforehand, if that’s more your pre-show style), and the evening’s entertainment is infectiously funny.

As the show opens, the audience meets four women just as they’re meeting one another for the first time—and by meeting one another, I mean fighting over the same bra at Bloomingdale’s. We never learn any of their names, rather they appear in the playbill as Professional Woman (Marty K. Casey), Soap Star (Lee Anne Mathews), Earth Mother (Laura Ackermann), and Iowa Housewife (Rosemary Watts). Although it doesn’t initially seem as though these shoppers have much in common, they quickly acknowledge one similarity among them: They’re all experiencing “the change.” And they have a lot to say—well, sing—about it!

Before the show, I was a bit bewildered by the fact that someone could squeeze 25 songs out of this subject matter, but it’s immediately apparent that the show’s creator, Jeanie Linders, has not only a hilarious way with words but she can also compose parodies of popular songs like nobody’s business! The show’s stars laugh at and with one another as they commiserate about their symptoms to the tunes of classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Just to give you an idea, the show opens with “Change, Change, Change,” a clever take on “Chain of Fools,” which kicks off a terrific evening of throwback hits, each delivered with lyrics that will make you laugh. Some of my personal favorite numbers include “My Husband Sleeps Tonight” and “The Great Pretender,” as well as the devilishly delightful “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and “Good Vibrations.”

If you’re someone who gets antsy at the mere thought of attending a production that doesn’t have an intermission, let me reassure you that this show flies by and the pacing is perfect. Although the backdrop—which is absolutely eye-catching and brilliantly utilized—remains unchanged through the duration of the show, the merchandise onstage is constantly swapped out. This creates the illusion that the new friends are shopping in several different departments (and on countless floors) during their excursion through Bloomingdale’s. Our four leading ladies couldn’t be more radiant in their respective roles, but I suspect Casey and Watts will wow you most of all. (Casey is a vocal powerhouse and her facial expressions are nothing short of fabulous!)

It’s not all that often that I’m writing a review and think, “OK, enough about the cast; let’s talk about the crowd,” but Menopause The Musical is a special case. The audience was just as energetic as the actresses, and I found myself laughing even harder as a result. There was swaying and singing in the seats, and so many good sports happily took to the stage when invited on at the close of the show. Simply getting to sit among such amiable attendees made this show all the more memorable. It’s safe to say a good time was had by all. Get your ticket now for some feisty, feel-good fun! | Megan Washausen

Menopause The Musical runs through February 12. Tickets are available for purchase online at metrotix.com and by phone at 314.534.1111. 

 

 

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