“Cougar The Musical,” one of Broadway’s hidden little treasures, humorously examines the sex and dating lives of women over forty, as performed by three talented women, with a running theme of strength and perseverance throughout.
The off-Broadway musical, showing at the St. Luke’s Theatre on 46th Street in New York City, follows the lives of three women over 45 learning how to make it in the world after divorce, single parenting and being widowed, all while continually reinventing themselves.
The oldest of the three, Mary-Marie, a wealthy Southerner, owns and operates a bar for “cougars” where women over 45 can find, date and have hot sex with younger men, generally under 30 years of age, while simultaneously chasing those aged 19-25 in said bar and on dating websites.
Lily, the divorcee, stumbles into the Manhattan waterhole to drown her sorrows after two failed marriages, befriends Mary-Marie and falls for Buck, the 24 year-old bartender.
Clarity, the happily-single mother and queen of her own domain, quits her job and heads back to grad school, where her thesis is studying the cougar phenomenon. She secretly collects data using Lily and Mary-Marie under false pretenses, ultimately falling for a young man of her own.
Mary-Marie gives up on chasing younger men when a strange naked encounter with a blind date turns out to be her son. Lily realizes love means letting go, and Clarity gives into love, accepting that she is worthy of it in its entirety.
The essence of “Cougar The Musical” is the power of the woman, to be herself and say “yes” to the possibilities that life holds, including dating and having sex with younger men without the stigma of the label, “cougar”. A man who dates a younger woman is called a man and a woman who dates a younger man is labeled a cougar.
The musical follows the growth of the women and their budding friendship. They empower themselves and each other to be all they can be and alter the tag of woman dating younger man from “cougar” to “woman”.
“Cougar The Musical” is highly recommended for women of all ages, whether “cougars” themselves or not. This enjoyable off-Broadway romp is more than sex, although hysterical when they sing about “Julio” the vibrator, it explores the strength and friendships of the modern woman over 40 within the dating world, which just happens to be filled with young, eligible men.
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