BY BOB CURTRIGHT
June 17, 2015 08:56 PM
“Cougar the Musical” began as a single joke by Donna Moore in her one-woman cabaret act.
“Why are we giving a woman a derogatory name for dating a younger man when the name for a man who dates younger women is – I’ve researched this – a man?” Moore bemoaned, getting a knowing laugh from women of a certain age in the audience.
Moore took the hint and expanded her act to a full-fledged musical about three “fabulously over-40” women seeking new adventures with 20-something boy-toys after surviving divorce, widowhood, menopause and middle-aged boredom. The show hit off-Broadway in 2012 and caused a stir with sassy songs like “On the Prowl,” “Say Yes” and “Julio,” a seductive ballad sung to a, well, sex toy.
Now, Roxy’s Downtown is giving the show its Midwestern premiere, and director Cindy Summers sees it as a perfect girls night out treat – although she is quick to note that husbands and boyfriends need not be scared off. Where the guys will giggle, she says, the gals will guffaw.
“It’s a fun show that does cater to the ladies. What I really like is that…