Funny Chicks, menopause songs and blue-collar country music are just a few of the different types of entertainment being presented this month at the Sandusky State Theatre. No, not all together – now that would be something – but overall, the Erie County arts center literally has something for everybody.
Here’s a look at a few sizzling shows that standout this month:
• Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour with Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and Style Network’s Trish Suhr, 7 p.m. April 4, $29 ADV/$31 DOS ($49 with dinner)
Since The Southern Fried Chicks debuted its one-hour comedy special on CMT, the act has become the top-grossing all-female comedy tour to date.
“It's like The Blue Collar Tour with PMS,” said comedienne Etta May via email. “What’s great about the Southern Fried Chicks, we all are at different stages in our lives. So women can relate to us on different levels.”
May said the shows are story-telling based and offer audience members the feeling of just sitting hanging out with their girlfriends for an evening. Naturally, this means the target of their jokes are boyfriends and husbands, some of which could be exes, right?
“Believe it or not, there’s not a lot of male bashing,” May said. “However, think about it, a girls’ night out means a boys’ night out. I say ladies get all your girlfriends together and let the guys have a night off to play poker, smoke stinky cigars or whatever they do. It's a win-win situation for everybody.”
Invariably, the Chicks provide audiences with an evening of escapism from reality. May thinks they also leave the theater feeling better about themselves at her expense.
“When people hear my stories, it makes them feel a whole lot better about their lives,” May said. “At least they can walk out of the show saying, ‘Well, my life ain’t perfect, but at least I'm not Etta May.’”
• “Menopause the Musical,” 7:30 p.m. April 9, $33.50 to $53.50
Speaking of empowering women, “Menopause the Musical” debuted more than a decade ago to standing-ovation audiences. The fun production details the story of four women who meet at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale with nothing in common. However, their conversation quickly reveals a commonality in hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and day-to-day challenges with aging parents, aging children and aging partners.
Adding a sizzle to the show is the fact the soundtrack features 25 popular songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s with tweaked lyrics to represent the menopausal experience. For example, The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” is transformed into “Stayin’ Awake.” There’s also Motown favorite “My Guy” reworked into “My Thighs” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” becomes “In the Guest Room or on the Sofa, My Husband Sleeps at Night.”
• Aaron Tippin, 8 p.m. April 25, $26
During the ‘90s, Aaron Tippin was one of the more successful country artists with an enthusiastic honky-tonk style. Hit singles like “Working Man’s Ph.D.,” “Kiss This,” “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong with the Radio” earned him one platinum and five gold records.
His last major hit came with 2002’s “Stars and Stripes,” which features the popular single “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagles Fly.” Today, the South Carolina native keeps busy touring his hits for diehards fans.
“Hey, wear your seatbelt,” said Tippin in a previous interview. “This ain’t stand-behind-a-microphone-and-sing country music. It’s going to rock in a country kind of way.”
Daly's Pub is a supporting sponsor for the concert.
The Sandusky State Theatre is located at 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Call 419-626-1950 or 877-626-1950, or visit sanduskystate.com.