Menopause The Musical® Opening at Portland Center for the Performing Arts; Previews Begin May 17, 2006, Tickets on Sale Now

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Five years, forty cities and six countries after its world premiere, Menopause the Musical® celebrates its 6th year of international success with a new locally cast Portland production. The show will begin previews at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts on May 17, and the official opening night is set for May 31.

Five years, forty cities and six countries after its world premiere, Menopause the Musical® celebrates its 6th year of international success with a new locally cast Portland production. The show will begin previews at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts on May 17, and the official opening night is set for May 31. Tickets are on sale now for $44.50 plus ticket fees, and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 503-224-4400, visiting them on the web at http://www.ticketmaster.com, or visiting the Portland Center for the Performing arts box office on 1111 SW Broadway, located between Main and Madison. Visit http://www.menopausethemusical.com for more information.

It all started in a tiny 76-seat perfume-shop-turned-theatre in Orlando, FL on March 28, 2001. The story begins with four women fighting over a marked down black lace bra with nothing in common but hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex, and more. The unnamed protagonists include an executive power woman, an aging Hollywood soap star, the stereotypical flower print skirted house wife, and a retro hippy earth mama. A joyful parody of 25 classic baby boomer hits, the 90-minute performance employs clever lyrical twists with chart-toppers such as “Chain of fools”, “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, and “My Guy”.

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer/producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived the Change. Since its first performance, the show has evolved as a “grassroots” movement of women who deal with life after 40 and all the challenges that result in the mental, physical and spiritual freedom of the post WW2 baby boomer generation.

“Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, There is always a close friend or two who can sympathize or identify with her,” says Linders, “But when they are sitting in a theatre with 250 women, all laughing and shouting, ‘that’s me! That’s me on stage!’ they know what they are experiencing is normal. They aren’t alone…or crazy. It becomes a sisterhood.”

Menopause the Musical® is produced by GFour Productions, which consists of Producers Kathi and Alan Glist, Sandra and Kenneth Greenblatt, Associate Producers Taryn Glist Rioseco and Seth Greenleaf. John Poland is the Vice President of Operations, Dana Gardner is the Marketing Director, and Neal Gardner is Vice President and General Manager. The producers as individuals and as a company are steeply entrenched in theatrical history. Recently, they celebrated the Tony Award for their revival of La Cage Aux Folles which added to their total of 68 Tony nominations, of which they’ve won 26. GFour Productions has also been awarded 21 out of 37 Drama Desk Awards, and the company has received The Carbonell Award for Best Musical for I Love Your You’re Perfect Now Change, which was longest running musical in South Florida history.

Menopause the Musical® is directed by Michael Larsen and choreographed by Daria Melendez. Musical and vocal arrangements are by C.T. Hollis; the show is performed with a live three piece band in each venue.

Playwright and producer Jeanie Linders is a native of Dixon, Illinois, and earned her graduate degree from Northern Illinois University. Her active work in the arts for the past 30 years includes work as an arts development consultant in Florida, California, North Carolina, and Arkansas and she launched Orlando’s first arts incubator, ArtsMall. Linders was president/CEO of an advertising agency specializing in entertainment and hospitality for 10 years, and also launched an events marketing and management firm, producing a variety of shows from A Conversation with Cary Grant to multistage music festivals.

Menopause The Musical® is currently playing Off Broadway, as well as long running shows in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Upland, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle.

The popularity of Menopause the Musical® has spread internationally with casts currently in South Korea and Italy. The show has already visited Australia, Mexico, and the Philippines, and the original cast spent three weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, performing as guests of the American Embassy.

Janis Thorton of The Times says, “Menopause the Musical® is one of those rare little gems whose popularity snowballs because it resonates so perfectly, precisely with its selected audience”. The 2003/2004 Zagat New York City Theatre Guide ranks the show at the top of the charts, with a 97% approval rating for the second season in a row.

The Miami Daily Herald wrote “Menopause the Musical® is the little revue that set the world on fire-at least that portion of the world that knows the term ‘hot flash’ as reality, not a news bulletin or punch line.” And the positive reviews and audience testimonials continue to arrive daily. Joy Behar from The View said, “You’ll love it. It’s hilarious. Go see it.”

Oregon Cast:

Brenda Phillips: Power Woman

Cherie Price: Soap Star

Kittra Coomer: Earth Mother

Joan Freed: Iowa Housewife

Michael Larsen: Director

Craig Bidondo: Music Director

Tina Paradiso: Understudy for Iowa

Housewife,Power Woman, and Earth Mother

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL®

IT’S NOT THE SILENT PASSAGE ANYMORE!

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