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Menopause The Musical(r) extends its run at Syracuse Stage

As a special add-on, Syracuse Stage will offer an encore presentation of Menopause The Musical(r) which shattered all single ticket sales records before it closed the last season. Menopause The Musical(r) is now running through July 29 and is

sponsored by Phoebe's Garden Caf (c) and Cathy J. Berry M.D. & Associates.

Nearly 13,000 advance-sale single tickets were sold for the return presentation of the popular show. Never has the phrase 'Back by popular demand' been so apropos, said James A. Clark, producing director.

Menopause The Musical(r) is a comedic celebration of the change and all that comes with it, from eating binges to night sweats. The show features four middle-aged women who meet at a lingerie sale at a New York City Bloomingdale's. Although at first they seem to have no more in common than a shopping addiction, they soon learn that they share menopause experiences, bonding over their mutual frustrations with wrinkles, memory loss and (of course) those pesky hot flashes. The show parodies classic songs of the 1950s, '60s and '70s with tunes like I Heard it Through the Grapevine; You No Longer See 39 and Stayin' Awake! Stayin' Awake!

The show is about women, and there are more than 38 million baby boomer women in America alone who understand, the show's writer and producer, Jeanie Linders, said. Most women know intuitively that every other woman is experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, but when they are sitting in a theatre with other 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.

Originally scheduled from May 10 to June 11, 2006, popular demand and never-flagging ticket sales carried last season's production of Menopause The Musical(r) through a 12-week run (92 performances), with seven week-long extensions.

The first-ever extended show in Syracuse Stage's 34-season history, last season's presentation of Menopause The Musical(r) generated sales of more than 44,000 tickets. This shattered the previous all-time ticket sales record held by West Side Story, which ran in the holiday-musical slot in December 2002, and sold 16,368 tickets over the

course of a six-week run.

Tickets for Menopause The Musical(r), ranging in price from $22 to $45, are available by calling the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 443-3275 between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by visiting SyracuseStage.org.

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