There were howls of laughter ringing through Lutcher Theater this week as “Menopause the Musical” once again took the stage. This year there were five performances and was close to a sellout at all of them.

Last year it came in as the third most viewed show in the theater’s history and almost overtook the number two spot of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” I’m sure that record has now fallen.

The show is widely attended by women 40 years of age and up, but there are always a few brave husbands who come away glad they came. One male theatergoer was overheard telling one of the actresses as he was exiting the building, “I haven’t laughed this hard since…”

Helen Clark said she had tears in her eyes, she was laughing so hard at the scene where the Iowa Housewife “tried on” sexy lingerie.

The show is filled with songs from the 60s and 70s that have been appropriately reworded to fit the topic. Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, memory loss, insomnia, madness, wrinkles and even sex is discussed at length in song and dance in a celebration of aging well.

Four women from different walks of life form a bond in Bloomingdale’s after fighting over a black bra at a lingerie sale.

The show not only celebrates women, but money is raised for issues facing them from the sale of merchandise. One more collection was taken up at the door at the end of the show for the Jeanie C. Linders Fund which will take building trades’ students and build homes for women that have lost theirs to disasters such as the recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast.

It will be difficult for most women to ever listen to songs such as “Staying Alive,” “My Guy,” “Chain of Fools” and “Good Vibrations” in the same way again.

If you missed the show this year, don’t make the same mistake the next time it comes to town.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.