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Beef and Boards continues it’s 2016 season with the popular musical revue, Menopause the Musical. Written by Jeanie Linders, and first performed in 2001 at a 76 seat venue – the production has grown to be among the most popular shows in the USA and in international cities.

Directed by Kim Simari with musical direction and costume coordination by Terry Woods, the show provides a mirthful look at the “silent passage” through 25 parodies of popular songs with hilarious results. Mary Wells’ “My Guy” becomes “My Thighs”; “Puff, the Magic Dragon” is now “Puff, My God, I’m Draggin'”; and the lyric “I wish they all could be California girls” is penned as “I wish we all could be Sane and Normal girls”. You get the picture.

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Clockwise from left: Teri Adams, Donna J. Huntley, Paula Kline-Messner and Ingrid Cole star in B&B’s presentation of “Menopause the Musical”

While the piece itself is clever entertainment, there is the added bonus of 4 uber-talented performers who handle the various roles and musical numbers with high proficiency. Teri Adams (Iowa Housewife), Ingrid Cole (Earth Mother), Donna J. Huntley (Professional Woman) and Paula Kline-Messner (Soap Star) each bring a decade or more of “Menopause” experience to the stage. All are making their B&B debuts, and all should be invited back!

Their familiarity with the material certainly shows as they playfully present the characters and their predicaments. It truly is all good fun as the ensemble spins through number after number with great comedic timing and wonderful, well-trained  voices. The entire packaged production from GFOUR Productions is first rate and immensely entertaining

Of course, part of the evening’s satisfaction is provided by Chef Odell’s wonderful buffet and by the as-always great service given by B&B’s dining room staff. All in all, it is a highly worthwhile evening.

Menopause the Musical continues at B&B through October 2nd. Dates and times for performances can be found by calling 317.872.9664 or by visiting

Let me just add that I got a peek at the B&B 2017 season schedule and it has some outstanding shows on it. B&B will be presenting 4 new offerings and one fabulously famous show that has not been done there for 20 years – I’ll just say “Wouldn’t It be Loverly?” to be there for this landmark theatre production? Official announcements are coming September 1 – so be watchful online, in Nuvo, and in the Star!

  • – photo by Julie Curry