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It’s girls night out for ‘Cougar the Musical’

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The off-Broadway show “Cougar the Musical” will have its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown. The cast includes, clockwise from left: Ronda Kingwood, Ryan Ehresman, Kelly Wonsetler and Patty Reeder. Courtesy photo

The off-Broadway show “Cougar the Musical” will have its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown. The cast includes, clockwise from left: Ronda Kingwood, Ryan Ehresman, Kelly Wonsetler and Patty Reeder. Courtesy photo

BY BOB CURTRIGHT

Eagle correspondent

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…