…says it all, doesn’t it? Eminem’s mom carjacked — on 8 Mile.
The morning paper was a harvest o’ amusements today. Elsewhere was this call for auditions for “Menopause the Musical.”
Women, age 38 and older who wear a size 10 or more, should prepare a 1-minute comic monologue and sing a song from the 1960s. Rehearsals will be Feb. 9-29 in Orlando, Fla. The musical is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the midst of, or have survived The Big M.
It must be for real. I mean, they have a website.
alex said on January 24, 2004 at 12:40 pm
Seeing the headline, I half expected Eminem had bought his mom some conspicuous luxo-cruiser�if I recall, Michael Jordan’s dad was killed for a Lexus. Perhaps he’s done her the biggest favor of her life by letting her remain dirt poor.
As for the musical�will the tunes be ragtime? Ba-dump-ump.
Carolyn said on January 25, 2004 at 11:05 am
Menopause, The Musical played in West Palm Beach’s little downtown theater for a year and ahalf. Kind of a cult thing. I never saw it, still being in denial about all that, but here’s part of what The Palm Beach Post’s pop culture writer Charles Passy wrote when the show was drawing big crowds here in 2002:
Go to the Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach almost any night Menopause is running and you’ll find a near-capacity, female-dominated crowd that’s laughing as if their life depended on each of the show’s fairly predictable wisecracks about hot flashes, weight gain, sleepless nights and other hormonal miseries associated with the so-called “silent passage.”
And they’re laughing even though, in many instances, they’ve already seen the show several times. Menopause is back this summer after a seven-month run at the Cuillo last year. But part of the phenomenon is that the show draws so many repeat customers,
who typically treat it as a “girls’ night out,” inviting friends, relatives and colleagues who have yet to experience it. And those first-timers come back and invite their friends, relatives and colleagues.
“It’s kind of like Rocky Horror for menopausal women,” says Shelley Browne, who plays Power Woman, another of the musical’s quartet of feminine archetypes.
And like those ubiquitous Rocky Horror screenings, Menopause is set to be seen everywhere. The show has already opened on Off Broadway in New York, where it’s drawn audiences generally above
90 percent capacity since its April debut. Next up are productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, all slated for this year. Linders’ production company is also deep into discussions
about Menopause stagings as far away as Greece, Norway and Australia.
Nance said on January 25, 2004 at 6:05 pm
“Rocky Horror for menopausal women.” Now THERE’s a line for the ad copy.
Melissa said on January 27, 2004 at 11:20 pm
Damn, I’m going to audition for that thing. I’m gonna wear my blue business suit from my days at Arthur Andersen, then I’m gonna belt out “Band of Gold”, followed by a one-minute dissertation on garter belts.
Rocky Horror indeed.
Nance said on January 28, 2004 at 8:17 pm
Band of Gold! I love that song! How often do you hear a 2:30-second lament on impotence that rocks, I ask you?
alex said on January 29, 2004 at 12:58 pm
Band of Gold? Impotence? And here I’d always thought she’d married a homo…
deb said on January 29, 2004 at 7:27 pm
funny that guys have a different spin on that song. i always thought it was about an inability to get it up, too. when i mentioned this to my husband, he said, startled, “what the hell are you talking about?” i don’t recall what HE thought the caused this wedding-night brouhaha, but it definitely wasn’t impotence. ah, the fragile male ego…