Menopause, the Musical Let's see: hot flash strife, Lot's new wife what else rhymes with change of life? Find out when Kansas City's cheeriest theater, the American Heartland, makes penance for last month's god-awful Duck Hunter Shoots Angel by reviving its well-received 2004 hit about women's lives after 40. The Heartland has scheduled a long run for the popular show girls born this week will be able to identify with it before it closes. Through Oct. 29 at the American Heartland Theatre at Crown Center, 2450 Grand, 816-842-9999.
Tick, Tick ... Boom! Thin but engaging, this autobiographical musical by Rent composer Jonathon Larson is an all-singing-and-dancing portrait of the artist hitting 30 and feeling sorry for himself. The story is insular, and not all the songs register, but fine performances elevate everything. As Jon, John-Michael Zuerlein brings a shrugging charisma to a character that could seem self-involved, and Sarah Crawford and Tim Scott shine as a host of supporting characters. And the band comes as close as musical theater can to actually rocking without sounding like Meat Loaf. It's all proof that, with time, experience and a willingness to seek inspiration outside his own life, Larson might have become as great as Rent fans proclaim him. Through July 16 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main, 816-531-7529, ext. 10. Reviewed in our June 22 issue.