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Come join our sisterhood! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 16 years!
Kathy St. George first appeared in Menopause the Musical in 2004 in Boston, MA. She is a staple of New England theatre and beyond. She played two roles in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol and directed by Jerome Robbins along with a very impressive resume of Off-Broadway productions.
SD: Why would anybody write a musical about menopause?
KSG: Until Jeanie Linders wrote the show, menopause was a subject that was taboo and not spoken about. She was inspired to write the show after having a hot flash while drinking a glass of wine. She never thought that her night of hot flashes would turn into a celebration for all women.
SD: Can you describe your role as ‘Soap Star’?
KSG: She is the star of a soap opera who is obsessed with aging, wrinkles, and being replaced by a younger actress. I believe all women, at times, struggle with these at some point in life. Don’t fret over them, embrace them. Never let anyone dictate your worth. You are your own champion.
SD: How do you identify with her?
KSG: I certainly think about aging, but I am not obsessed with it. We also share the same menopause symptom – crying. Like me, soap star, cries uncontrollably and can’t control her emotions. As an actor over 50, the roles that I get have changed and I am fine with that. The great things about this show is it is keeping me employed.
SD: Would men like the show?
KSG: Men thoroughly enjoy it! Men learn a lot about menopause. The feedback I receive most often from the male audience members is, “I now understand what my wife is going through. I thought she was just crazy.”
SD: How does “Menopause the Musical” help women going through the change?
KSG: I think it is very empowering for women to be in a theatre along with other women who they can identify with and who share a common life phase. It is comforting to know that you are not alone and that this is a natural stage in life. I love that this musical celebrates the change and helps you laugh through it.