By Dianne R. Davis
“Menopause The Musical" at The Luxor... why should I go to that show,” You are asking yourself thinking, “I'm long past those days.” Or, I haven't reached that point yet! Well, go because it is fun and funny and delightful entertainment. Go because the performers are endearing and believe me, you will remember “those days” as you watch the production. Or if you aren't there yet, you will still see yourself and those around you.
Take the man in your life. He lived through it too, didn't he! Or he will. Sometimes you can hear the men laughing louder than the women in the audience. The show's programs says, “The Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!” It is that and more. That's why this celebration of women has been around since 2001 and continues to delight audiences around the country.
Four women meet in a department store and initially it seems they have nothing in common. The housewife, the professional woman, the earth mother and the aging soap star. Wonder what they share? How about their experiences with living through “the change”. They will talk and sing about hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats, and chocolate binges. Oh, and did I forget to mention forgetfulness.
The show is fast paced, the dialogue is clever, and the characters come to life. You'll be humming along to familiar tunes from the 60's, 70's and 90's as they are reborn with clever new lyrics.
Serious? A tad at times. Hilarious? For sure. One character tells how her doctor prescribes a little pill to take away her “urge to kill.” Remember “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”? It returns as “My Husband Sleeps Tonight.” “Staying Alive becomes “Staying Awake” as they sing about night sweats. “Splishing and Splashing” converts to “Drippin and Droppin”.
The choreography is creative as the four divergent personalities find common ground in their experiences and exchange information, complaints, solutions, and commentaries on how “the change” has effected their homes, their jobs, their personal lives, and their perception of themselves.
These ladies aren't “Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places.” Oh no, They are “Looking for Food.” and you'll laugh out loud as they sing, “Puff, My God, I'm Dragging.” And you'll laugh even louder as they serenade you with “Good Vibrations”.
Menopause The Musical, the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas, features Paige O’Hara, who voiced the character of Belle in the DISNEY classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Laura Lee O’Connell, who has performed in the musical nationwide, as well as Las Vegas favorites Lisa Mack, Kittra Coomer, Lori Legacy and Richel Kompst.
Menopause The Musical performs in the Atrium Showroom at Luxor Wednesday – Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m.
In the “Menopause The Musical Las Vegas 1 Reduced” from Left to Right:
Paige O’Hara, Laura Lee O’Connell, Kittra Coomer and Lisa Mack
In the “Menopause The Musical Las Vegas 2 Reduced” from Left to Right:
Lisa Mack, Paige O’Hara, Laura Lee O’Connell and Kittra Coomer