GFour Productions and The Carolina Theatre will present Menopause The Musical® — a hilarious celebration of women undergoing The Change — at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24th, in 1,016-seat Fletcher Hall in the heart of downtown Durham, NC. These performances are also being sponsored by the Perimenopausal Estrogen Replacement Therapy Study (http://www.pertstudy.com/) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill .
According to The Carolina Theatre:
“GFour Productions … has formed a national partnership with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance [http://www.ovariancancer.org/] to raise awareness and to help fund education and support programs for ovarian cancer patients and survivors. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the national charity of Menopause The Musical ….
“GFour Productions and Menopause The Musical will support the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance with a special $5 donation for each ticket sold using the promo code TEAL. The TEAL code will be good on any full-price ticket sold. Additionally, GFour Productions will donate the net proceeds from the sale of their Menopause The Musical ‘Hotflash Fans,’ which are sold in the theater lobby prior to each performance. Funds raised through the partnership will benefit ovarian cancer education and support programs provided by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and its 61 national partner members.
“The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance unites the medical, research and legislative communities with women and families affected by ovarian cancer. The Alliance advocates for evidence-based medicine, reimbursement for medical necessary interventions and increased federal funding for ovarian cancer research. The organization educates health care providers about ovarian cancer risks, symptoms and diagnosis, with the goal of increasing prompt diagnosis. Approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. This disease is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and the 9th most common cancer among women.”
According to the official website of Menopause The Musical:
“Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Menopause The Musical is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the 1960s and 1970s and 1980s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change.
“Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats, and chocolate binges.
“A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage! It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!
“‘Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats,’ says Linders. ‘There is always a close friend or two who can sympathize or identify with her, but when they are sitting in a theatre with hundreds of other women, all laughing and shouting ‘That’s me! That’s me on stage! They know what they are experiencing is normal. They aren’t alone or crazy. It becomes a sisterhood.’
“Millions of women of all ages and stages find their spirits lifted by the show’s light-hearted look at menopause. Menopause The Musical has entertained audiences in more than 450 U.S. cities, in a total of 15 countries and more than 300 international cities. Internationally, the show has been performed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
“Menopause The Musical encourages a healthy dialogue about issues of aging and women’s health and provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness with female audiences. Recognizing the show’s great potential to engage and educate women, writer and producer, Jeanie Linders, produced two tours of Menopause The Musical Out Loud: Breaking the Silence of Ovarian Cancer. These successful tours traveled across America and visited more than 100 different cities raising awareness and funds for local and regional ovarian cancer chapters. Menopause The Musical also supports the Jeanie C. Linders Fund® [http://www.jclfund.org/], a nonprofit organization that supports women in the areas of health, education and culture around the world.”
In reviewing previous productions of Menopause The Musical, Elaine Schmidt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote: “Those estrogen-deprived lyrics … bring down the house repeatedly. At its core, it’s a gentlespirited celebration of real women, their friendships, and the rough seas they’re forced to navigate as they enter the dreaded territory of middle age.”
Ruth Ann Replogle of the Enid News raved: “Menopause the Musical is a laugh-so-hard-your-cheeks-hurt comedy”; and The Honolulu Advertiser added, “The show’s strong pull comes from the freedom to publicly giggle over the more sober personal realities that have come with aging. There’s a genuine liberation to be had in laughing ….”
GFour Productions and The Carolina Theatre present MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 in Fletcher Hall, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $42.65-$69.15 (including fees). (Note: GFour Productions will donate $5 to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (http://www.ovariancancer.org/) for each ticket sold using the promo code TEAL.)
Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888-241-8162, 919-560-3030, or http://www.carolinatheatre.org/tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/114779/874566.
SHOW: http://www.gfourproductions.com/show/18 and http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/menopause-musical.
VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://www.menopausethemusical.com/videos/.
GFour Productions: http://www.gfourproductions.com/ (blog: http://www.gfourproductions.com/blog).
The Carolina Theatre: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/ (blog: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/blog).
Menopause The Musical: http://www.menopausethemusical.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menopause_The_Musical (Wikipedia).
UNC Perimenopausal Estrogen Replacement Therapy Study: http://www.pertstudy.com/ (official website).
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance: http://www.ovariancancer.org/ (official website).
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