Women on the Verge

Musical celebrates the "M" word -- loudly

TUES, 6/15

Menopause The Musical ain't your daughter's Vagina Monologues. Currently heating up theaters in eleven cities, the saucy show, set in a Bloomingdale's department store, follows four forty-something women as they bond over their change-of-life experiences and a Bloomie's black-lace bra. The score includes 26 popular baby-boomer tunes; audience members are handed song sheets and encouraged to sing along to the revamped lyrics of "Stayin' Alive" ("Stayin' Awake"), "Heat Wave" ("Hot Flash") and "Puff the Magic Dragon" ("Puff, My God, I'm Draggin'"). The script, sparked by a "hot flash and a bottle of wine," was written and produced by Jeanie Linders, who's become an outspoken menopause maven. Portions of the proceeds from the show's ticket and shwag sales go to Linders's Women for Women, a menopause resource and mentor program.

Hot flashin' and night sweatin' to the oldies in this city's open-ended run will be a powerhouse cast made up of Denver divas Beth Flynn, Sheryl Renee, Mercedes Perez and Julie Ann Cadwell. "We are really excited to have an entire local cast of such well-known actresses," says Denver Civic Theatre's Katherine Rosin. "We are ecstatic that Menopause The Musical is coming to our theater and hope it will stay for a very long time."

Preview showings begin tonight at 8 p.m. at the Denver Civic, 721 Santa Fe Drive; tickets are $32.50-$39.50 and available at all Ticketwest locations. For more information, call the theater at 303-309-3773 or log on to www.menopausethemusical.com. -- Kity Ironton

Tune Up
Bon Voyage concerts feature gay and lesbian singers
SAT, 6/12

Film star Bette Davis was not afraid to answer an interviewer's pointed question by saying, "Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies." Harmony, a Colorado chorale, is also not afraid to deliver the same line in Letters Home: A Portrait of the Forties, the musical it commissioned -- not that the musical is about a catfight. The Bette Davis and Joan Crawford of Harmony's production are actually female impersonators, and the show addresses the predicament of being gay and lesbian in the conservative war years. Harmony will perform excerpts from the musical in 2004 Pride/Bon Voyage Concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. today at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue on the DU campus. The group will be joined by the other four Colorado members of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses: the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, the Denver Women's Chorus, the Rainbow Chorus and Sound Circle. The concerts are a chance for the five groups to come together before they travel to Montreal in July for the seventh international GALA festival. Tickets and information are available at 303-357-ARTS or any Ticketmaster location. -- Caitlin Smith

 
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