The Penn’s Landing Playhouse is showing Menopause The Musical, a G Four Productions. Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” and I had the opportunity to see it.
I was a part of the show! (Spoiler alert…be prepared to be a part of the show. At my play the audience was invited to do a kick line with the cast!)
The show begins when four women meet at a lingerie sale at Bloomingdale’s and their lives are changed, set to classic baby boomer songs. The diverse cast includes The Professional, The Earth Mother, The Iowa Housewife and the Soap Star. Each woman shares their different but familiar stories of going through the change and the women all come together when they realize that this process, while seemingly isolating, is not something they are alone in experiencing. Ideas about looks, aging, sex and physical changes, are all a part of the show and set to parodies of familiar songs, this show is an experience.
Three of the four women starring in the Philadelphia cast are from Philly (yay!) and they bring the energy. The runtime is 90 minutes but the time flew by for me as I danced in my seat, nodded my head at some parts of the show (where is my waist and no, you can’t say nothing bad about my body) and laughed at the jokes.
While it may be a few years (I think, I hope!) before I go through The Change (government name “menopause”) I loved the message that came through Menopause The Musical. This process of aging – changing – is not something to mourn but something to celebrate and enjoy. Sure, it’s a little scary but all women experience this change, though it may differ for each person. However, ALL WOMEN experience this change and this is something that should be spoken about, discussed and shared.
If you go
Tickets priced at $45 – $65 and can be purchased by calling 855- HIT SHOW (855-448-7469), online at www.plplayhouse.com or at the Penn’s Landing Playhouse box office. Group discounts for 12+ are available by calling 888-264-1788. Penn’s Landing Playhouse is located at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. (at Walnut St.). The theatre is inside the Independence Seaport Museum. Performances are: Wed. & Thurs. evenings at 7:00 pm; Fri. & Sat. evenings at 8:00 pm; matinees Wed., Sat. & Sun. afternoons at 2:00 pm. The show has been extended through December 22nd and would make a perfect gift for women who want to experiences and a good time.
About the Show
Menopause The Musical®, now in its fourteenth year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.
About GFour Productions
GFour Productions recent successes include winning the 2013 Tony Award® for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF; Co-financing the 5 time Tony Award®, 5 time Drama Desk Award®, and 7 time Olivier Award® Winner for Best Musical, MATILDA THE MUSICAL; Producing the critically acclaimed revivals of THE GLASS MENAGERIE starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, and the history making production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL starring 6 time Tony Award® winner, Audra McDonald; and their most recent launch of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, DISGRACED, which The New York Times calls, “Terrific, turbulent, and roaring to life with currents of dramatic electricity!” GFour recently premièred the Spanish-language version of their hit, MENOPAUSIA EL MUSICAL, in Hollywood, CA, and have now begun the international launch of their ever popular MENOPAUSE brand, bringing laughter to audiences around the world . They began producing in 1981 with NINE, winning the Tony Award® that year for Best Musical. Among their favorite Broadway productions are MY ONE AND ONLY starring Tommy Tune, ZORBA THE GREEK starring Anthony Quinn, THE RINK starring Liza Minnelli, BABY, GRAND HOTEL, GRIND, BIG, TRUE WEST, the original and the revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES which won them Tony Awards for Best Musical in 1983 and Best Revival in 2004. Their combined shows have been nominated for 115 Tony Awards®, winning 44 and 110 Drama Desk Awards®, winning 56.
r’s note: I was offered a complimentary ticket to check out the show in exchange for an honest review and after a fun, musical 90 minutes, this scary idea that I have been avoiding is still a little scary but I feel it won’t be so awful and that I won’t be alone.