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Review: Lively ‘Cougar the Musical’ has heart

john hammerComment


Eagle correspondent

June 24, 2015 06:06 PM

“Cougar the Musical” – being given its Midwest premiere at Roxy’s Downtown – is a little show with a big mouth and an even bigger heart. It’s about women of a certain age who discover that there is “Life” after divorce, widowhood and/or menopause.

Written with a naughty, knowing smirk by Southern comedian-singer-celebrity impersonator Donna Moore, this 2013 off-Broadway romp begins with mock outrage over the unfairness of labeling older women “cougars” for liking younger guys when older men dallying with younger women are just “men.”

Then the show – like the three disparate women who inhabit it – turns around to embrace and own the term like a badge of honor.

The women, directed by Cindy Summers and choreographed by Kyle Vespestad, begin by singing and slinking through “On the Prowl” as they brag about their fantasy sexual adventures. But the real message is the midshow anthem, “Say Yes,” about saying yes to aging like fine wine, saying yes to uncovering their authentic selves, saying yes to finding their empowerment, and saying yes to love no matter what polite society dictates.

While this is intended as an obvious gals-night-out show, it’s also surprisingly…