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American Heartland Theatre (Menopause Musical), The
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Reviewed on 2004-04-06
In Crown Center (Runs through June 27th)
This show is a riot as confirmed by the laughter generated at the performance of Menopause the Musical, a hilarious celebration of women undergoing the change of life now running at the American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center. A parody of popular songs from the 60's and 70's takes hot flashes, sexual changes, and other symptoms to a humorous level. The play's plot involves four menopausal women who meet in a New York department during a bra sale and share musical memories. Licia Watson is a soap opera star, Chavez Ravine is a businesswoman, Jacqueline Reilly is the wife of a conventioneer visiting from Iowa, and the final member of the quartet is Olathe's own Debra Bluford who plays an aging hippie. After arguing over sale items, they lead into 28 popular songs with lyrics altered to address the ladies' menopause maladies. . One of my favorites was "You'll No Longer See 39" done to the tune of "Stayin' Awake, Stayin' Awake" This play was written by Jeanie Linders in 2000 and the production has been a raging success with sold out performances and standing ovations everywhere it plays, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The men started the standing ovation at a Kansas City performance! Located in Crown Center, this friendly theatre is rated tops for creature comfort. You can even carry your drinks into the theatre. After the performance, the actors stick around to mix with the audience. Call 816-842-9999 for more information or log onto www.ahtkc.com .






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