'Menopause the Musical' in area

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the the international hit show "Menopause The Musical," making its first appearance in northwest Iowa April 7 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City.

The musical has entertained audiences in more than 450 U.S. cities and a total of 15 countries.

Showtime is 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-745-3000.

Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical has inspired women everywhere. The show is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies of hit songs from the '60s and '70s and '80s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change.

Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage!

"Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats," says Linders. "There is always a close friend or two who can sympathize or identify with her, but when they are sitting in a theatre with hundreds of other women, all laughing and shouting 'That's me! That's me on stage! They know what they are experiencing is normal. They aren't alone or crazy. It becomes a sisterhood."

Menopause The Musical encourages a healthy dialogue about issues of aging and women's health and provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness with female audiences.

The show has also served as a platform for raising awareness and funds for local and regional ovarian cancer chapters and the Jeanie C. Linders FundŽ a nonprofit organization that supports women in the areas of health, education and culture around the world.