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Menopause The Musical - Review

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by Cate Altamura (subscribe)
Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
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Melbourne get ready to go through the "change"
Wildly funny comedy Menopause The Musical is back in Australia and will be playing at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne until 6th August. Starring 'leggy' superstar Jackie Love along with the return of Caroline Gillmer (Underbelly), Donna Lee (Beauty & the Beast) and Megan Shapcott, the musical is highly engaging and hilariously funny. Seen by over 11 million people worldwide, the musical originally debuted in Melbourne in 2005.

Menopause the Musical
Wildly funny women on fire


Menopause The Musical centers on four women who meet at a lingerie sale and find they have a lot in common from hot flushes to night sweats. Although the "change" is years away for me, the content was pertinent . I gather for women experiencing these symptoms, the musical would unify them in their aging woes.

Parodying popular songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's, the women kept the momentum flowing as they poked fun about their failing eyesight to expanding waistlines. Songs included, The Great Pretender (The Platters), California Girls (Beach Boys), I Got You, Babe (Sonny & Cher) and The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens). Cleverly changing the lyrics from "My Guy" to "My Thighs," the women made the perils of cellulite effortlessly funny.

Jackie Love, Menopause the Musical
The leggy Jackie Love


Renowned Director and choreographer Tony Bartuccio has added a fresh and contemporary edge to the show. Special mention goes out to Donna Lee for her impeccable comedic timing and whimsy. In the final act, the audience were invited onto the stage to dance with the cast and given a small gift after the show.

Overall, an outstanding and hilarious musical and well-worth seeing even if you're not going through the "change".


Tickets will be available from Ticketek www.ticketek.com.au or Box office: 9650 1500
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Why? Highly engaging
Phone: Box office: 9650 1500
Where: The Athenaeum Theatre
Cost: From $61.07
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I went to see this with friends years ago when it first came to Melbourne. I don't think we stopped laughing for a single minute. I would love to see it again.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7398) 1220 days ago
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