Cast Announced For Long Wharf Theatre's Performance Of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
GFOUR Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical to Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Drive) in New Haven, Conn., for a limited engagement Friday, June 15 through Sunday, July 1. Tickets are on sale now and available at the Long Wharf Theatre Box Office, www.longwharf.org, or by calling (203) 787-4282. Greater discounts for groups of 10+ available by calling (203) 772-8202.
The cast for the New Haven performances includes:
Michelle E. White (Professional Woman) Broadway U.S. National Tours: "Mrs. Corry"- MARY POPPINS and "Ethel"- SHOWBOAT Canadian Premieres: THE LION KING; ONCE ON THIS ISLAND; "Wanda" - CROWNS, "Effie" - DREAMGIRLS and "Sylvia" - ALL SHOOK UP. "Ella Fitzgerald" Jazz & Scat Feature Productions: Archie Alleyne's DUKE'S PLACE, FOREVER SWING, Michelle E. White - JAZZ CONCERT. For Michelle's original eclectic a cappella jazz, scat and blues winter album - COME IN FROM THE COLD ($20) - see Michelle after the show or visit www.mewsician.com. Other Productions: "Mrs. Muller"- DOUBT: A PARABLE; "Marlena Madison" - BUDDY: THE Buddy Holly STORY; "Nell Carter" / "Armelia McQueen" - AIN'T MISBAHAVIN'; "Darlene Love" - LEADER OF THE PACK; "Matron 'Mama' Morton" - CHICAGO; "Brenda Braxton" - SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE; "Ronette" / "Crystal" - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; "Sour Kangaroo" - SEUSSICAL; "Trix" - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE; "Blues Fairy" - SNOW WHITE: THE PANTO; "Alice's Daughter" - BIG RIVER; "Cowardly Lion" - THE WIZARD OF OZ; "Alberta" - ANYTHING THAT MOVES, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES.
Cherie Price (Soap Star) has been with MTM since 2006 gracing stages throughout the US and Canada and several years in Las Vegas. Cherie is a singer, dancer, choreographer and Cabaret performer and has recorded a CD titled Voyage. She has also performed on cruise ships and recently took up accordion. Favorite roles: Anita/West Side Story, Charity/Sweet Charity, Desiree/A Little Night Music, Mona/Dames at Sea. Awarded Best Actress in a Musical for Roxy Hart/Chicago. Received Best Actress award Portland Musical Theatre for Nite Club Confidential. She competes in Ballroom Dance and is also a Travel Consultant.
Roberta B. Wall(Earth Mother) Original Broadway Casts -"Sister Act", "Leap of Faith." First National Tours - "Sister Act" (SM Lazarus)," Beauty and the Beast " ( Mrs. Potts ). Ms. Wall has been performing in "Menopause the Musical " since 2003 as both Iowa Housewife and Earth Mother in cities across the country. Other Regional roles include: Sadie - I Love a Piano" (Lawrence Welk Theatre), Jo - "Swingtime Canteen"( La Mirada CLO), Frieda - "Sunday in the Park with George" ( Long Beach CLO), Tisbe - Cinderella" (Falcon Theatre), Clementina- "Desert Song ( Pasadena Civic ), Housekeeper - " Man of La Mancha" She has performed with such stars as Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, Joanne Worley, Dorothy Lamour and was a special guest on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. She can be heard on the Roxbury Records (the Gershwin family label) recordings of "Oh, Kay!", "Pardon My English" and "Lady Be Good".
KAREN GEDISSMAN (Iowa Housewife) began her career at the age of 10 at the critically acclaimed South Coast Repertory Theater in A Doll's House and The Time of Your Life. Career highlights include: "80 Days" The La Jolla Playhouse, Des McAnuff, A Chorus Line (Maggie), Three-Penny Opera (Polly), Evita (The Mistress), Violet (Violet), Babes (Judy Garland),and Barrio Babies (Lola). Karen headlined worldwide for Princess Cruises, L.A.'s Cinegrill, Gardenia, Catalina Jazz Club; along with appearing onstage with Ben Vereen, Keith David and Louie Beltran. She also starred as April O'Neill in the musical, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mexico City. Film/TV: Indie Feature Film Chavez Ravine, Director: Norberto Barba, TV: Hard Copy.
Menopause The Musical is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived "The Change." Now celebrating 16 years of female empowerment through hilarious musical comedy, Menopause The Musical has evolved as a "grassroots" movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.
Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage."
Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical is a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of "The Change." The laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Menopause The Musical, now in its 17th year of production, is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah's Las Vegas. The hilarious musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com.