MENOPAUSE The Musical reached performance 1000 on August 3, 2004!!!
Closing Date: May 28, 2006
MARK SCHWARTZ in association with BRENT PEEK present MENOPAUSE The Musical www.menopausethemusical.com Books & Lyrics by JEANIE LINDERS with LYNN ELDEREDGE JOY LYNN MATTHEWS CAROLANN PAGE SALLY ANN SWARM
Directed by KATHLEEN LINDSEY Choreography by PATTY BENDER PLAYHOUSE 91, 316 East 91st Street
Set Design: JESSE POLESHUCK Costume Design: MARTHA BROMELMEIER Lighting Design: MICHAEL GILLIAM Sound Design: JOHNNA DOTY Production Supervisor: MARGERY BEDDOW Production Stage Manager: BRIAN RARDIN Musical Director/Arrangements: CORINNE AQUILINA Technical Director: BRIAN FEHD Press Representative: SHIRLEY HERZ ASSOCIATES
The Band Conductor/Piano/Keyboards - CORINNE AQUILINA Drums - DIANA HEROLD Bass Guitar/Assistant Conductor - AUDREY TERRY
What on earth could be funny about menopause? Night sweats, added pounds, memory loss, mood swings? It all sounds pretty gruesome to me. But, put in the able hands of Jeanie Linders (book & lyrics), MENOPAUSE The Musical becomes an absolute, one-of-a-kind gem.
She takes our favorite baby-boomer songs, like "Don't Make Me Over" and "Help Me Rhonda," and parodies them into hilarious "Please Make Me Over" and "Help Me Doctor" versions. All in all there are 28 songs, and each one is more clever than the last. Then she comes up with four delightful ladies - Lynn Eldredge, Joy Lynn Matthews, Carolann Page, and Sally Ann Swarm - to present them with comic perfection and impressive voices. Choreographer Patty Bender adds charmingly clunky dances, and sets by Jesse Poleshuck depict an array of Bloomingdale's departments. The production goes by all too quickly; you won't want to say goodbye to these women.
Fortunately, CD's, "I'm Changing" tee-shirts, hot-flash fans, and wild woman pins are available as souvenirs of this evolutionary event. With 100+ shows under its ample belt, MENOPAUSE The Musical is a winner that proves change can be fun.
- Laurie Lawson -