The Hot Flash of Summer Theater in Auburn

July 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

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Auburn is a quiet town, but it’s full of delightful surprises. One of them is the Finger Lakes  Musical Theater Festival that runs every summer. It’s a true slice of Broadway in the heart of the Finger Lakes.

We were able to enjoy Menopause the Musical, which follows four women at Bloomingdale’s who meet while shopping for lingerie. It is a 90-minute romp — no pauses and no men — covering 25 classic tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, revised with lyrics to thoroughly cover every phase of “The Change,” — starting with a predictable favorite:


“Chain chain Change, Change of life.
For five long years,
I thought I am loosing my mind;
but I found out no….
It’s just a part of the change.
My body tried to warn me,
the signs weren’t too cool;
it treated mean,
it’s treated me cruel.”
The songs cover memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, husbands who don’t understand, and my favorite “Good Vibrations, takes on a whole new meaning, using a clever prop.

The set remains the same throughout with quick changes to represent the lingerie department, the ladies room, a dressing room, etc. The story is represented from the view of four different women:  an Iowa housewife, a lost in the 60’s Hippie, a Power Executive and an aging Soap Star.

Great ending with all the women on stage.

The show is a great night out for the girls. My husband was initially underwhelmed, but even he was smiling and laughing when the femme fatale came into the audience and sang a very provocative number.

There are multiple venues, many choices with quality theater right in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Visit call 1-800-457-8897 for more information.  2014 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Schedule   Merry-Go-Round Playhouse at Emerson Park 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, New York. 13021

  • “Menopause The Musical” (May 29 to Aug. 9)
  • “Mary Poppins” (June 4 to July 2)
  • “Damn Yankees” (July 9 to July 30)
  • “On the Town” (Aug. 6 to  Aug. 27)
  • “The Will Rogers Follies” (Sept. 3 to Sept. 24)
  • “The Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper” (Oct. 1 to Oct. 18)

The Box Office is located at MGR Downtown at Auburn Public Theater 8 Exchange St. at Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 1302

Entry filed under: Auburn, Rts 5 & 20, Skaneateles, Summer Theater. Tags: , .

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