Menopause without pause

Baby Boomer, Deals for Locals, Discounts, Theatre & Opera | | March 1, 2007 at 10:33

menopause.jpgI thought I was the last woman over 50 in Las Vegas to see Menopause, the laugh-out-loud Broadway Musical Comedy that parodies the dreaded Change of Life awaiting half of the world’s population. But judging by the packed house at Shimmer Cabaret at the Hilton, there are still quite a few of us left to savor hearing the woes of our sweat and tears playfully bantered in adaptations of beloved rock classics. And there were plenty of guys in the audience too, the grey-headed males following along with telling chuckles and guffaws. Yeah, they knew all about that, all too well.

The four caricatures of middle-aged womanhood were played superbly and delightfully by the seasoned Paige O’Hara as Soap Star, Cheryl Spencer as Earth Mother, Annette Verdolino as Iowa Housewife, and Sandra Benton as Power Woman. And powerful Sandra was, with a stage presence that commands your attention and a voice pure and strong with incredible range. I got to know Sandra from her guest appearances around town, especially at the Stirling Club where her vocals leave a sophisticated audience in awe. All four performers could tell an entire story with a 30 second facial expression, and were so convincingly in part you had no trouble replacing their faces with those of so many ladies in your life.

You find yourself wanting to share the show with your girlfriends, get them all here to Vegas and do a side-splitting, tears-rolling-down-cheeks kind of old girls night out. It’s hard to imagine that someone who hasn’t experienced the change themselves could get that much out of the show. But looking around at the tables, I saw laughter and joy from fresh young things, both male and female, who might just be seeing their moms up there in the lights. The cleverness of the dialogue and genius of the lyrics stand on their own merit, and when you combine the great music and clever staging with the non-stop talent of the stars, you have a show that is worth every bit the price of admission.

hilton.jpgResidents with Nevada driver’s license get discounted tickets at $54.51. Showtimes: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 7 pm, Wed 2 pm & 7 pm, Sat & Sun 4 pm & 7 pm. You can also check the entertainment section of the Hilton website for details. The Las Vegas Hilton.

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