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A not-so-hot flash

WT 2010 panties scene On the dancing heels of Mamma Mia! comes another show that I've seen enough to last a lifetime.  (Two times? Three? Whatever, don't need to live through Menopause again.)

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.

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