Menopause: The Musical is coming to the Orpheum this week. Featuring heart-touching song parodies like "Drippin' and Droppin'," "I'm Flashing," and "Good Vibrations" — a song about exactly what you think it's probably about — this long-running show follows the bargain-hunting adventures of four middle-aged women shopping for lingerie and going through the ch-ch-changes.
Why would anybody write a musical about menopause? Because The Vagina Monologues aren't getting any younger. A group interview with the entire cast yielded the composite answer: "Women are in menopause and searching for opportunities to share the shared experience." And this time around the cast of what's been dubbed the "survivors tour" has another reason for taking their show on the road. Showcasing the talents of three cancer survivors and a cancer co-survivor, this cross-country jaunt doubles as a benefit for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Judy Blue, who plays the character Soap Star, says it's "exciting to bring that conversation into our musical. It's not just about all the fun we're having and laughter about menopause. We're able to tell our stories about survivorship too."
Menopause: The Musical has been on the road for 14 years. The veteran cast coming to the Orpheum has a combined 31 years invested in the show.
Megan Cavanagh, who plays Earth Mother but is probably best known for her portrayal of Marla Hooch in the film A League of Their Own, has been with the musical for 11 years and thinks the show's longevity results from its special connection with women. "There's not a lot of entertainment aimed at this particular age group," she says. "It's a night when they get to think, 'This is all for me.'"