Venue: Atrium Showroom
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Ongoing
Show Times: 5:30pm Wed - Mon; Tue 8pm
Age Restriction: 18
Show Length: 90 minutes
Starting at $65.95
It's a "chick flick," but live onstage.
"Menopause the Musical" is now playing at the Luxor.
"It's very much a celebration of women," producer Kathi Glist said. "It appeals mostly to women. Men get dragged to it, but end up loving it."
Jeanie Linders created the show, which debuted on March 28, 2001, in a 76-seat theater in Orlando, Fla. Since the curtain first went up almost five years ago, the musical has been performed in 40 cities and six countries.
The premise of the story involves four women who meet at a lingerie sale. They come from diverse backgrounds, but have one thing in common -- they are experiencing menopause.
The four characters include a "hippie type" earth mother; an ambitious power woman; a housewife living in the shadow of her husband's success; and an aging soap star on the verge of being replaced by a younger woman.
"It's an ensemble piece, equally balanced," Glist said.
The musical is directed by Kathryn Conte and choreographed by Patty Bender. The musical director is Alan Plado.
The 90-minute show includes song parodies of 25 popular recordings from the 1960s-1980s, such as "I Heard It Thru the Grapevine; You No Longer See 39" and the disco-era "Stayin' Awake! Stayin' Awake!"
Glist, who has been with the production almost from the beginning, said the author had never written anything before "Menopause."
"She was inspired by a major hot flash and a bottle of wine," Glist said.
Glist said the audience is like a fifth person in the story.
"At times we let them in," she said. "Sometimes the fans forget they are watching a show -- it's very real, if the actors do their jobs right."
Glist says the show has actually inspired many women to openly discuss a subject that once was taboo.
"Many women were embarrassed about it and chose not to talk about it," she said. "Though the show is entertaining, it has provided grounds for women to talk about going through 'the change.'
"Women will walk into the showroom as strangers and walk out forming a common bond, a sisterhood."
Many fans become "Menopause groupies," seeing the show a dozen times or more, according to Glist.
"It's kind of a 'Rocky Horror' show for menopausal women," she said.