Cast

Earth Mother

Pammie O’Bannon

Pammie created the role of Earth Mother in the original full production of Menopause The Musical in 2001, in Orlando, FL. Since then she has had the opportunity to travel with the show extensively, all over the U.S.and Canada, as well as abroad. Just this spring, she celebrated the show’s 10th Anniversary with a return to Orlando.

She is excited to have the opportunity to travel with a new version of the show, MTM in Concert! Pammie has been on stage most of her life.

Some of her favorite roles have been LUCY in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, DR.GORGEOUS in THE SISTERS ROSENSZWAIG, ELIZABETH FULLER in ME AND JEZEBEL, REBA in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, AND MISS HANNIGAN in ANNIE.

Many thanks to Jeanie Linders for this decade of joy! Thanks to all of my Menopause “sisters” worldwide…and thanks to Wesley, who inspires me and makes me whole.

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Iowa Housewife

Dee Etta Rowe

Dee Etta is celebrating her 7th year in “Menopause the Musical”,as Iowa Housewife and Earth Mother.

Broadway Debute:“The Most Happy Fella” starring Georgio Tozzi. Dee Etta created the role of Olga Von Sturm on Broadway in “Nine” opposite Raul Julia, Bert Convey, and Sergio Franchi.

Off Broadway: “What’s New” with Nathan Lane. National Tours: Sweeney Todd” with Angela Landsbury and George Hearn,”Showboat”, with Eddie Bracken and Lanie Kazan and “The Sound of Music” with Ann Blythe, Sally Ann Howes, and Patrice Munsel.

Regional: starring roles in many productions including: “Nunsense” and “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”, Miss. Hannigan -”Annie”, La Carlotta – “PHANTOM” , Yente -”Fiddler”, Ethel Banks – “Barefoot in the Park” and Essie Rubin – “A Majority of One” opposite Mimi Hines.

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Professional Woman

Lady J

Hailing from Charm City, Lady J is proud to make her debut with Menopause The Musical® In Concert! She is no stranger to the stage…Born with a natural instinct for the Performing Arts. Lady J was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award and is presently an Equity Membership Candidate.

She’s been performing since the tender age of 8 and accredits her talent and ability to JC, YOU ARE THE GREATEST!! This is an opportunity of a lifetime – a dream come true! Special thanks to the staff and crew of MTM IC!! Thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality!

Theatre Credits include: Civil War, Hairspray, Sophisticated Ladies, Nunsense, Chicago the Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin, Grease, just to name few. A special thanks to Jimmy F? I love you man!!.“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words!”

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Soap Star

Karoline Ashley

Attended OCU on a full vocal scholarship and graduated Oklahoma University (Vocal Performance) on scholarships earned in the Miss America franchise.

National Tours: Menopause the Musical Canadian Tour 2010, US Tour 2011, Continental Orchestra (featured soloist), and Celebrate Life for Word Music.

Notable Appearances: Christmas with Miss America on ABC, Ft. Worth Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Grand Ol’ Opry, TX Stadium.

Favorite Regional leading roles: South Pacific, Cinderella, Urinetown, Joseph…Dreamcoat.

Karri is a sought after inspirational entertainer for women’s events and as a director of children’s musicals. She has been a vocalist for JCPenney, Radio Shack, and Harris Methodist, among others. With God all things are possible – and it is never too late!

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Understudy

Alex Ryer

Awards: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress in a musical, Denver Drama Critics Circle; Denver Post Ovation Award Best New Work, Pure Piaf. Original works: Edith Piaf; Bad Girls of Broadway (Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice); Is That All There Is? (Peggy Lee). National: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); On The Twentieth Century (Lily Garland). Regional: The Lady With All The Answers (Ann Landers); Nine (Lilianne LaFleur);The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie Garstecki); Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins); Bat Boy (Meredith); I Love a Piano (Sadie); Annie (Hannigan); Chess (Florence); Into The Woods (Witch); Man of La Mancha (Aldonza); Phantom of the Opera (Carlotta); Swingtime Canteen (Marion).

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Creative Team

Writer & Producer

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Jeanie Linders

Jeanie Linders, writer of Menopause The Musical® and Menopause The Musical® In Concert, has developed an international hit show that has created an empowering sisterhood for all women who attend. Since 2001 the shows have been seen in 15 countries around the world.

In the past 30 years, she has also been active as an arts development consultant in FL, CA, NC and AR. She served as president/CEO of an ad agency specializing in entertainment and hospitality and concurrently launched an events marketing and management firm producing a variety of shows from A Conversation with Cary Grant to multistage music festivals. Other past activities include: advance PR roadie for Michael Jackson’s film crew for the Victory Tour, developing the Belize Performing and Visual Arts Consortium and working for Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge in Central America. She also served as a columnist/correspondent for outlets as diverse as the Chicago Tribune, the Sun- Times, Boston Globe, and Variety.

With the international success of Menopause The Musical®, she founded the Jeanie C. Linders Fund® (JCLF) to further empower women all over the world. The Foundation supports women worldwide in the areas of business development, arts and culture, personal growth, health issues and education. Jeanie has a passionate voice for a generation of women facing more than just hot flashes. Her work in entertainment spans three decades and she is working diligently to help women connect and support one another.

Managing Artistic Director

Jimmy Ferraro

Jimmy is delighted to be with Jeanie Linders and her team! He is a 6 year veteran as Company Manager with Menopause The Musical®. Jimmy made his Broadway debut in Fiddler on the Roof; appearing in over 2000 performances of “Fiddler” on Broadway and in the National and International Tours with Herschel Bernardi and Maria Karnilova, Paul Lipson, Georgio Tozzi, Fyvish Finkel, and Michael O. Smith. He starred as Tevye at the Arizona Broadway Theatre and Sierra Repertory Theatre; where he most recently appeared as Edna in Hairspray. Jimmy has shared the stage with such luminaries as Shirley Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Cesar Romero, Abby Dalton, Rosemary Prinz, George Lee Andrews, Peter Palmer and many more. Other New York credits include: Chicago, Guys & Dolls, Applause, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, Man of La Mancha, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Jimmy was Associate Producer of the Off- Broadway play Looking for Billy Haines on Theatre Row. He is an award-winning stage director and author as well. Look for his new, inspirational book “Re-MIND-ers”… coming out soon.

Director

Patty Bender

Patty began her career at Walt Disney World. Projects have included choreography, directing and producing projects from theatre to television and film. Her work has taken her around the globe. Patty is very proud of her contribution to the creation of this wonderfully fun and powerful show, Menopause The Musical® and its family have been a cherished part of her life for the past TEN years! The blessings have been great and she is grateful to be a part of it. Kudos and thanks to Jeanie Linders and the wonderful people that make this “thing” happen!

National Music Director

CT Hollis

C. T. joined the creative team of Menopause The Musical® at its inception in 2001 as Music Supervisor. She was with MTM for 5 years and in that time traveled and performed all over the US with the show. After leaving MTM in 2005, Ms. Hollis joined Altar Boyz as associate conductor and Key 2 player. She was with AB for over two years, playing on national tours and sit-downs. Other credits include: Jerry Springer the Opera, White Christmas, The Fantasticks, and Spelling Bee. CT is thrilled to be rejoining the MTM family!

Musical Arrangements, Orchestrations, Music Producer

Michael Andrew

Michael has created many original songs for theatre and films including Heart Breakers and Inglorious Bastards. His self-written musical, Mickey Swingerhead & The Earthgirls led to the formation of his bands, Swingerhead and The Atomic Big Band. Headline singer and band leader at the Rainbow Room, New York City, and at Merv Griffin’s Coconut Club, Beverly Hills, Michael is a featured guest artist with symphonic orchestras across America. He’s performed in several theatrical productions and has created shows paying tribute to Johnny Mercer and Sammy Cahn. Currently, he is collaborating with Jerry Lewis, Marvin Hamlisch, and Rupert Holmes on a Broadway-bound musical set to preview 2012.

Stage Manager

Kathryn Conte

Kathryn Conte earned her BA from University of Central Florida and MFA from The Catholic University of America. She is part of the original Directing team of Menopause The Musical® and has directed the show in Malaysia, Canada, and across America for 10 years. Directing credits include: The Gut Girls, Bondage, Medeamaterial, The Dumb Waiter, Light Years, TITUS! The Musical, as well as adaptations of Othello, Merchant of Venice, The Frogs, Second Shepherds’ Play, and The Tempest. Kathryn, a working mother, is continuously amazed at her young daughter, grateful to her family for their support. She thanks Jeanie for creating fabulous and creative opportunities for women, and God for abundant blessings.