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Motherhood the Musical -- the Review

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Truth be told, I see a lot of Broadway shows. In the past month, I've seen Ghost, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once, Death of a Salesman, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. I can appreciate the seriousness and soul searching of Arthur Miller, but I can also appreciate the levity of song and dance and comedy for its own sake.

Motherhood the Musical is set at the baby shower of first-time mother-to-be Amy. Her three friends, Barb, Brooke, and Tasha, who are already experienced moms several times over, try to shed light on what's in store for Amy in the days, weeks, and years ahead. What is revealed is a poignant and increasingly funny look at everything from bodily changes to the joys, frustration, and complete exhaustion that is every mother's experience. Each character brings her own particular spin on it -- the working mom, the stay at home mom, the divorced single mom.

The show goes from utter hilarity to gut-wrenching emotion in the snap of a finger. For example, "Every Other Weekend," the standout performance by Melody Betts, captures the heartache of single parenting, while "The Kids Are Finally Asleep" is a celebratory gospel anthem that will have you clapping and singing along by the time it's over.

Whether you are young or old, whether you are a mother or have simply had one, Motherhood the Musical leaves you feeling good. And really, what more could anyone ask for in times like these?