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article imageReview: 'Menopause the Musical' plays through hot flashes to a full house Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Jan 17, 2014 in Entertainment
Folsom - If you have not seen “Menopause the Musical” you better grab your tickets in a HOT FLASH or you will be left wondering about a lot of things.
Menopause the Musical” opened at the Harris Center for the Arts, Jan. 15, for four shows and due to sell-out crowds a fifth show was added. Whether a daughter, a mother, or a grandma — a young, old, or middle-aged (especially middle-aged) woman, you do not want to miss this show!
It has been called “fabulously funny!!” and “a real musical hoot!”
Sandra Benton, Ingrid Cole, Annette Houlihan Verdolino, and Cherie Price are four of the most talented women to ever grace a stage. They talked, sparred, gossiped, ate, sang, danced, shopped, and ran to the bathroom a lot in a nonstop musical production that was better than group therapy.
Ingrid Cole was “Mother Earth” always deep breathing and dressed like a hippy. I spoke with her after the show about the inspiration for the show and working with the other cast members.
Cole said “Jeanie Linders wrote this. Her inspiration was — a bottle of wine and a hot flash — literally!”
She said that she and the three that share the stage with her “feel like rock stars.”
As she went on describing the show, she said, “This is a celebration something that's going to happen to all of us, It doesn't matter what language you speak. Doesn't matter if you're a Republican, you're Chinese, or what. If you are a woman it is going to happen to you. And if you're a man, married to a woman, you're going to go through it too.”
The voices were, simply put, harmonious and melodic. Their dancing — appropos for many generations.
Watching the audience roaring with laughter, I figured that many women laughed so hard they “peed their pants.” And Cole said conversations with many who had seen the show confirmed that.
But then the conversation turned more serious and I realized that the show that I had just witnessed had a truly deep purpose. Cole said, “The thing we hear a lot that really touches me is 'I thought I was all alone. I thought I was going crazy,' and this is just empowering to women.”
Cole told me heartwarming stories that audience members have shared with her and the other cast members, and she left me with this final thought: “Menopause affects everyone. Why suffer through it when you can laugh about it?”
The show is selling out around the country, but let me warn you. Be prepared to laugh out loud!
I would be remiss if I did not say to you men out there — If you are with a woman facing menopause, in the middle of it, or already through it, this show will give you some inkling of an idea of the transformation that comes in many forms to the women we love, all brought on by menopause!
“Menopause the Musical” is a must see!
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