February 14, 2008

Menopause the Musical


Making "the change" funny since it opened in 2001, "Menopause the Musical" is now onstage at the American Cabaret Theatre in Indianapolis.

It follows four women, with seemingly nothing in common, who meet in a department store. A business woman, soap opera star, Iowa housewife and a hippie, the women find that they are all in the midst of menopause. They bond over their shared ailments and sing their way through the woes of insomnia and mood swings.

The show is geared towards women who are going through or have already gone through the change, so it's more commiseration than education. It provides laughs, while at the same time showing that menopause is a universal bond between all women.

The songs are all well-known '60s and '70s classics, with a new sets of lyrics. Tiffanie Bridges, who plays the professional woman, has a wonderful voice, the strength of which carries many of the songs. Her version of "I'm Sorry," reworked as "I'm Flashing," an ode to hot flashes, is wonderful. The cast does a great job with many of the numbers, especially the rewritten version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

The 90-minute show is entertaining, but it also opens dialogue about a subject which has been taboo in the past. Sometimes called, "The silent passage," menopause is presented as not only normal in this production, but just one more layer that makes a woman the multi-faceted creature she is. Grab your mom, girlfriends, aunts and grandma and enjoy a ladies night out.

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show runs until March 30 at the American Cabaret Theatre, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Matinees begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 631-0334 ext. 102. Tickets are $41.50.


*Photo Courtesy of the American Cabaret Theatre

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