No offense to the cast (which includes until-recent South Floridian Stacy Schwartz), the producers (Kathi and Alan Glist, and their pals Sandra and Kenneth Greenblatt of the South Florida-based GFour Productions) or creator Jeanie Linders (she's from Orlando). Watching Menopause The Musical can be a funny experience for women of a certain age -- what's more riotous than night sweats and mood swings? -- but once is plenty. The show remains a huge hit, one that has been running for five years at Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel, and the not-for-profit foundation Linders was able to start because of the musical's success has helped women in the United States, Haiti and Ghana.
Still, Menopause The Musical is a sometimes-goofy, obviously resonant musical -- but not a great one. Linders' menopause-related lyrics, set to the melodies of songs from the '60s to the '80s, are hardly the epitome of cleverness.
To each her own, though, even if that involves a hot flash or 10. Menopause The Musical is at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, through Sunday. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $37.50 and $42.50. Call 954-462-0222 or visit the Parker web site.