“I’m having a hot flash
A tropical hot flash
My personal summer is really a bummer
I’m having a hot flash.”
lyrics from Menopause the Musical.
Theresa Venus and I went to see “Menopause the Musical” the other night. Fabulous, funny, outrageous, and true. We flat out loved it.
To the tunes of songs from our era, four gorgeous women of menopausal age sang about hot flashes, “brain collapse”, weight gain, and emotional meltdowns. We laughed so hard we cried. As did the large numbers of men in the audience. Hey, we aren’t the only ones going through this transition; our loved ones have to take the ride with us.
The only piece that didn’t quite resonate with us had to do with libido. These women were commiserating that their husbands didn’t want to have sex much anymore – and they needed to resort to Mother’s Other Little Helper: a vibrator.
While the segment was uproariously funny, it just didn’t describe the experience of most menopause goddesses I know. Oh sure, there is a rare one like Bobbi Venus who actually had an uptick in her libido with the Big M, but that just does not describe the usual story we hear. And live. Just ask our husbands. One day we lusted for them, the next we couldn’t remember what lust is.
Thankfully, our libido does return, though also thankfully not to the horndog levels of our twenties and thirties.
The musical ended with a celebration of the Change as the four principals walk out in slinky black trimmed with rhinestones. “We have changed,” they tell us – “for the better.” And they called all the women in the audience up to kick up their heels together on stage. A perfect finish.
If you get the chance, go see it when it comes to a town near you. And if you’ve already seen it, heck, call us up and we’ll go see it again with you.
For info, visit Menopause The Musical.