Hot Flash! Menopause the Musical now at the Westchester Broadway TheaterPublished: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 By: Irene Wallace Source: I On The Valley
Now on stage at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford is a musical comedy with an unusual topic. Menopause the Musical is a 90-minute hilarious comedy that covers such topics as hot flashes, sleeping issues, short term memory loss, mood swings, loss of libido and weight gain. Who would think these topics would make for a night of laughs? Jeanie Linders did and 20 years ago as she stood in front of her open freezer door and sang “Hot Flash” to the melody of Rod Stewart’s “Hot Legs”, she knew she was on to something and thus was born this show.
The musical takes place in Bloomingdale's department store in New York City where we meet four women over 40, the Professional Woman (Donna J. Huntley), Soap Star (Debby Rosenthal), Earth Mother (Megan Cavanagh) and Iowa housewife (Roberta B. Wall). The four over 40 women cross paths by accident in the store and begin to learn about each other and their struggles with “the Change”.
Each musical number is based on an actual song from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s with the lyrics changed to embrace the play’s topic. The familiarity of the songs allows the audience to instantly embrace the music. As the four women bond and make their way through the department stores floors, they belt out one musical number after another. Famous songs like “Chain of Fools” becomes “Change, Change, Change“, “Stayin Alive” becomes “Stayin Awake/Night Sweats”, and “My Guy” becomes the very funny “MyThighs”. This is just a sampling of the creative way that existing songs have been adapted to this comedy.
The 90-minute show with no intermission rolls along as the ladies belt out one hit after the other. The opening night audience appreciated the comedic timing and talented vocals of the cast. The show allows women to bond over their common experience. The cast at the finale invites women in the audience to join them on stage for the last number.
The actors, all member of Actors Equity Association, have numerous stage credits to their names. Megan Cavanagh (Earth Mother) has appeared in such films as ” A League of their Own” and “Robin Hood Men in Tights”. She has been performed in this show since 2004. Donna Huntley (Professional Woman) has Broadway, off-Broadway, and television credits. Debby Rosenthal (Soap Star) has performed in numerous regional theater productions and television. Roberta B. Wall (Iowa Housewife) has appeared on Broadway in Sister Act, and Leap of Faith. Her numerous credits include regional theater.
This play is great for a girls night out, though the numerous men in the audience appeared to fully enjoy the show as well. The show runs through Sunday, March 24th.
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