Star Line Up Announced for Return of Hilarious Hot Flush Musical
Touring Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth
“It’s impossible not to laugh!” – The New York Times
“Dollar for Dollar…It’s the best show in town!” – Las Vegas Review Journal
“Ninety minutes of extraordinary fun!” – Australian Stage
Seen by nearly 15 million people in more than 500 cities worldwide, the original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical will tour Australia in 2020 with a stellar cast – including Australia’s 2020 I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here finalist, Rhonda Burchmore.
Despite the current cancellation of events industry-wide due to the COVID19 outbreak, at this stage Menopause The Musical is still going ahead and will open in July in Melbourne, with Sydney to be re-scheduled later in the year.
Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical is a celebration for women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived ‘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.
Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing similarities among one another, the cast joke about their woeful hot flushes, 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.’
Starring in this hilarious production are four of Australia’s most iconic musical theatre personalities – Rhonda Burchmore, Silvie Paladino, Lara Mulcahy and Gina Hogan.
Rhonda Burchmore is one of Australia’s most loved and recognised entertainers. She most recently appeared in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here and finished in the top three, earning the love and respect of television audiences across the country. Her list of credits across stage, television and film is as impressive as it is exhaustive; Hot Shoe Shuffle on London’s West End, the Australian tours of Guys and Dolls and Calendar Girls, and TV appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Kath and Kim, and Love Child.
Rhonda teams up again with colleague and ‘bestie’ Lara Mulcahy whose appeared in the role of Rosie in the original Australian tour of Mamma Mia! (alongside Rhonda Burchmore), and was then personally invited to recreate her role on London’s West End. She also performed the role of Madame Thenardier in the 2014 – 2016 Australian tour of Les Misérables. Lara is one of few actors who has featured in three Baz Luhrmann films including; Natalie in Strictly Ballroom; Mome Fromage in Moulin Rouge (S.A.G nomination “Best Ensemble” ) and box-office hit The Great Gatsby.
Silvie Paladino is known to have one of the finest voices in Australia. Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables. She was then invited to perform the same role on London’s West End. In 1997, Silvie returned to London and performed the role of Fantine in Les Misérables for a successful two-year season. Additional musical theatre credits include Cats, Miss Saigon, and Mamma Mia!
Gina Hogan has performed in some of the most loved theatre productions of our time, including the Australian tours of Beauty and The Beast, Mamma Mia, and The Witches of Eastwick. Gina has a long association with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit production of CATS. She began with the around-Australia big top tour CATS – Runaway to the Circus (1999). After that came the big top tour of South Korea (2003/04) where she played the role of Jellylorum/Griddlebone, and finally the CATS world tour to Athens in 2005.
“Women all over the country have fallen in love with this show since it premiered in Australia in 2005, and we’re thrilled to be introducing a whole new generation of ladies to the show with this new production,” Producer Sam Klingner said.
See what millions of women (and brave men) have been laughing about for over 18 years. It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!