Is Florida's Food Fight! the Next Menopause the Musical?

News   Is Florida's Food Fight! the Next Menopause the Musical? Parody lyrics to well-known pop and show tunes — a conceit that worked to smash effect in Menopause the Musical — is center stage in a world premiere musical, Food Fight!, bowing Oct. 11 in Florida.

The new four-actress show directed by Andrew Rogow at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, FL, takes aim at women's preoccupation with food (the abuse and respect of it), health, exercise, cosmetic surgery, diet and more. It would seem to target the same market as the four-actress Menopause, an international hit that touches on the foibles and feelings of women who are experiencing The Change.

The resident Florida test of Food Fight! plays to Oct. 28.

According to notes from Maltz Jupiter Theatre and producer Mane Stage Productions, "Food Fight!, set in a modern day health club, is a musical revue, with parody lyrics to popular songs, in the style of Menopause the Musical, that takes a look at the impact that food has on the human body, and the pleasures and neuroses that are linked to it: the battle of the bulge, diets, exercise, plastic surgery, cooking show gurus, and more."

Among the parodies: "If I Were a Size Two" sung to the tune "If I Were a Rich Man"; "Lazy" sung to the tune of "Crazy"; "You Gotta Have Some Sugar" sung to the tune of "You Gotta Get a Gimmick"; "Twisted Harmony" sung to the tune of "Unchained Melody"; and "I Went to the Buffet Line" sung to the tune of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine."

The cast includes Carbonell Award winner Patti Gardner as Cheryl Corn; Carbonell winner Maribeth Graham as Carla Cook; seven-time Carbonell nominee Missy McArdle as Connie Pizzarelli; and Carbonell nominee Vicki White as Cindy Burger. Alan Jacobson, the producer of Food Fight!, has produced more than 80 shows, including If You Ever Leave Me I'm Going With You starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna; and Down the Garden Paths starring Eli Wallach. In 2003 he turned the international hit comedy Beau Jest into a musical and produced the world premiere at the Hollywood Playhouse. Plans are ongoing to bring the show back in an updated version.

Director Rogow most recently directed Steve Solomon's comedies My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy and My Sister's an Only Child, both of which are touring nationally.

The creative team of Food Fight! includes G. Benjamin Baxley (scenic designer) and Vic Glazer (music director/arranger).

Performances are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, Thursday & Friday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tickets are $32-$36. For more information call (561) 575-2223 or (800) 445-1666 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.

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The Maltz Jupiter Theatre opened in February 2004 as a 550-seat, nonprofit community-based regional theatre and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is located at 100 1 E. Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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