The hilarious celebration of women and ‘The Change’
Starring Katherine Lynch, Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan and Rebecca Wheatley
Following multiple sell out Irish Tours the ultimate girls’ night out, “Menopause the Musical” returns to Galway on another Irish nationwide tour in spring 2019 with an all- star cast. This fabulous comedy hosts a cast of hormonal women, memory loss one-liners and innuendo-laden versions of pop classics.
"It's impossible not to laugh!" The New York Times
Starring Katherine Lynch (RTÉ’s “Wagons Den”), Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders favourite Heather Trott), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans) and Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley the hysterical Menopause the Musical has entertained and inspired women across the world since 2001. Menopausal or just in need of a laugh out loud kind of night, this show is a must see for all women.
"Fresh, funny and simply terrific!" LA Times
This hilarious celebration of women and 'The Change', is an all-singing, all-dancing comedy bringing together four women at a department store sale, who on first appearance have nothing in common.
However, the sale of a black lace bra soon stimulates comical female heart-to-hearts on hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and plastic surgery.
Age Advisory 16+
Description generated with very high confidenceKatherine Lynch is one of Ireland’s foremost comedians, TV Personality, and Entertainer and comes from both stage and dancefloor after a very successful journey on Dancing with the Stars Ireland where she survived until week 10.
Katherine made the leap to TV when she was spotted as her traveller character singer “Bernie Walsh” on RTÉ’s comedy programme “The Unbelievable Truth”. Since then she has brought us the three-part comedy show Working Girls and the twelve -part series, including a Christmas Special, WonderWomen for RTÉ Television, which introduced viewers to her new larger than life personae - working class goddess Sheila Chic and Irish country, sports-loving lesbian Liz Hurley. This was followed by a nationwide sell-out tour culminating in sixteen nights in Dublin’s Vicar Street, followed by a chat show entitled Wagons Den (Mrs Merton Style). She has played comedy roles in plays in Ireland and has recently played the iconic Miss Hannigan at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Katherine has managed to strike a chord with Irish audiences, establishing a loyal fan-base and a very successful career both on TV and stage. Prior to joining “Menopause the Musical” Katherine shall star as The Wicked Queen in this year’s pantomime at University Concert Hall in Limerick.
Londoner Cheryl is best known for her role as EastEnders’ George Michael super fan “Heather Trott” who met a grisly end at the hands of Ben Mitchell. A trained actress, she has made many stage appearances including a West End role in Man of the Moment at the Gielgud Theatre. Other theatre credits include Dance of Death, Measure for Measure, The Blue Angel and Robert Lindsay’s production of Cyrano De Bergerac. Cheryl has played many feature roles in TV Productions showcasing her perfect comedic timing – Benidorm, Little Britain, The IT Crowd, ‘Allo ‘Allo. She is no stranger to Feature Films with credits including Irvine Welsh’s Atlantic and the soon to be released A Bus Could Run You Over. Her celebrity appearances have revealed her funny, lovable and true down to earth nature - Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, Celebrity Come Dine with Me and Celebrity Juice. Not only can Cheryl make us laugh but can also entertain us with any of the 10 instruments she plays as a skilled musician.
Maureen has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old and together they became one of Europe’s first girl bands - The Nolans. The Nolans’ success is legendary, including phenomenal record sales worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold more records than The Beatles! They have worked with some of the world’s most respected artists including Frank Sinatra, who they supported on his 1975 European Tour. In 1979 The Nolans went on to put an entire generation ‘In the Mood for Dancing’ with the release of their hit single and reunited in 2013 for the sell-out ‘I’m in the Mood Again’ tour. Maureen is also an accomplished actress and has played ‘Mrs Johnstone’ in Bill Kenwright’s award winning Blood Brothers in both the West End and on tour to critical acclaim. She was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role which has earned them entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. Throughout 2016 Maureen has been touring the UK playing ‘Vi Moore’ alongside Gareth Yates in Footloose The Musical, with her performances being described as
“Superb” and “deeply emotional”.
Rebecca is best known as the receptionist “Amy Howard” on BBC’s Casualty. In 2009, she revealed an astonishing 12 stone weight loss. Proud of her achievement she embraced the role of “Barbara” in the one-woman West End show Big Pants and Botox. In complete contrast she then took up her axe as the iconic character “Annie Wilkes” in Stephen King’s Misery. Her acting career has seen her perform in many West End Musicals including Fame and Bad Girls the Musical. She even survived pantomime with Paul O’Grady’s Lily Savage at the Victoria Palace. Her television acting skills have been challenged as a porn movie producer, a bisexual nymphomaniac and as a buxom barmaid. Rebecca can be seen regularly as a presenter on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff and ITV’s Loose Women where she is happy to give her opinion loud and clear.
History of Menopause the Musical
Menopause the Musical debuted March 28, 2001 in Orlando, Florida, in a 76-seat theatre that once housed a perfume shop. The cast of four women shopping for lingerie at a Bloomingdale's sale, sing 25 songs about chocolate cravings, hot flushes, loss of memory, nocturnal sweats, and sexual predicaments. The lyrics parody popular music from the baby boomer era, with notable numbers "Stayin' Awake" and "Puff, My God I'm Draggin'."
Written by Jeanie Linders, the show appealed to menopausal women who helped the show blow the lid off the "silent passage" by flocking to the show in large numbers, often taking advantage of group sales promotions. The show's ensuing success Off-Broadway led to a number of productions across the USA in such cities as Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles Boston, Denver, and its current home at Harrah's in Las Vegas
Within a few years, international productions became commonplace, with shows in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and South Korea.
Across the world over eleven million people (almost all women) have seen the show.
Leslie Fischer at www.chicagocritic.com recommends you "bring the waterproof mascara because you’ll laugh so hard, you’ll cry. With humour and compassion, writer, producer, and lyricist Jeanie Linders has captured the experiences of every woman in her 40s and 50s. Remember all those great songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s--full of love and teenage angst? Linders has rewritten their lyrics to reflect our mature experience, exploring the ways in which our bodies, our emotions and our spirits, change with ‘The Change’. When you don’t recognise yourself in these hilarious lyrics, you’ll recognise a friend."
Genessee Kagy of the Daily Californian wrote that "Menopause's collection of great oldies, clever tongue-in-cheek lyrics and entertaining dance routines prevented me from making any I-Need-Air trips to the restroom despite the fact that I hadn't felt like such a fraud since I turned eighteen-years old. Over 90 percent of the audience were women more than twice my age ... Linders' humorous new lyrics coupled to old favourites provide a good laugh. When the show ended, the entire audience was still clapping their hands to the final number, yelling and letting out whoops of approval."
From the News-Herald (Ohio): "'My Guy' becomes 'My Thighs,' 'Puff, the Magic Dragon' is transformed into 'Puff, My God, I’m Draggin'. 'The Great Pretender' laments the loss of memory and how women come to fake that they can’t remember an acquaintance’s name. 'A Sign of the Times' becomes 'A Song of the Times,' which recounts the startling fact that in middle age, a woman realizes she has become her mother."
Menopause The Musical 2018 UK Tour Audience Reviews
Ladies, what a fantastic evening, laughed so much I had to pat myself dry!!! (Eyes!!) Hilarious show, if anyone is unsure of going, just do it!!!
Amazing night - thank you. A must for everyone to see. Absolutely first class and very, very funny.
If you haven’t booked to see this then do it… I have never laughed so much in my life... Now when those flushes, mood swings and insomnia are raging I will hopefully remember this and laugh it through - talented cast, amazing singing and just an excellent feel good show.
Omg I've just seen this tonight it was absolutely brilliant. The funniest thing I've seen in ages. Ladies you were amazing!
Very funny and entertaining show - talented cast and the singing was fantastic - we had a great evening out - make sure you go and see it if you can.
Thank you for a great evening and introducing the reality. I've clearly "joined the club"!! I haven't laughed so much in ages (and yes, the bladder held!) The classic songs will never be the same from now on!
l literally laughed from start to finish. I loved every minute and would recommend to everyone to go see it if you get the chance as it's far too good to miss. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
I really can't put into words of just how funny this musical is!!! From the opening scene till the very last, we just didn't stop laughing.
Never laughed and cried so much in my life. My Tenna Ladies came in really handy. You are all amazing.
What an amazing show and 4 outstanding actresses and singers!! It was all truthful and exactly how the change is!! We have never laughed so much in our lives, absolutely amazing and a well-deserved standing ovation to end!
What an absolutely amazing show, I laughed so hard, my bellie ached!!! You are fabulous, brilliant evening! This is not to be missed if you've not seen it yet!!!
Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful show. It was fantastic. My friends and I haven't enjoyed anything so much for a long time.
What a great show! Thank you girls for a brilliant time, with terrific voices and comedy - we had plenty of moments necessitating the Tena Lady treatment!
What a fabulous time we had last night. It was just hilarious, and we all laughed so much, until we ached, and had tears running down our faces, as it was so very funny. The words to the songs, are incredible, and just so true, apt and hilariously funny. What a gem of a show. A fabulous night out, and great to enjoy it with great, special friends.
Absolutely brilliant, I laughed so much I thought I was going to need oxygen. Fantastic, best show I've ever seen.
Laughed so much my mascara was running. Highly recommend. If you can get tickets, get your girlfriends together and go – I promise you will have the best night!
Absolutely fabulous, had so much laughter. Really had a great time and I actually brought my other half with me and he had a fab time too and enjoyed clapping and singing along and laughed so much with so many ladies in our row.
Absolutely hysterical once again. The show at Bolton was my 2nd and I won’t hesitate to book a 3rd. Encouraged half a dozen of my friends to attend tonight. This was the most hilarious, outstanding and spot on performance. First class casting. Just a cracking show folks.
Had a fantastic night watching Menopause the Musical, never laughed so much from start to finish, eyes watered, jaws aching, ribs hurting and hands hurting from clapping... well done to the girls they were all FAB!
Saw this show last night - laughter from beginning to end, no HRT needed!!!
Best show I have ever been to. Well worth going. I brought along my husband for Valentines Night and he loved it. Packed Show and only 3 men, LOL. I’d advise men to go along, it’s not just for women, after all you have to live with us.