For a production about mood swings, night sweats and hot flashes, Menopause the Musical promises to be one of the most uplifting and laugh-inducing shows you’ll ever see, said Megan Cavanagh, part of the four-woman cast in the traveling off-Broadway show.
The musical stops at Augusta’s Imperial Theatre for four 8 p.m. performances March 20-23.
Tickets cost $46. Call (706) 722-8341 or go to www.imperialtheatre.com.
“I’ll tell you, it’s a laugh riot,” said Cavanagh, who played home-run slugger Marla Hooch in A League of Their Own. “People tell us, ‘My cheeks hurt from laughing so much.’ ”
The musical was written by Jeanie Linders as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have gone through “the Change.”
It has been performed for an estimated 11 million people worldwide since the show’s 2001 debut in Orlando, Fla.
“It’s a show to make women feel empowered about the change,” Cavanagh said. “Some women just think they’re going crazy.
Last year, an ovarian cancer scare and subsequent surgery forced Cavanagh into “full-blown menopause.”
“I’m becoming my character,” she said with a laugh. “It’s life imitating art.”
The show features parodies of baby-boomer hits, with titles such as Puff, My God I’m Draggin’, My Husband Sleeps Tonight and Stayin’ Awake.
“Because it’s done in a funny way, with music we know and parody, those songs become a celebration,” Cavanagh said.
While audiences are mostly female, a few men show up in every crowd and seem to appreciate the show.
“They usually come reluctantly, but they leave enlightened and laughing.”