GFour Productions has produced shows on Broadway, from the musical version of ''9 to 5'' to a recent production of ''Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'' that won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play earlier this month.
However, its hottest - make that hot flashiest - hit is ''Menopause: The Musical.'' The show has played 13 countries and more than 400 cities. It recently had its 3,000th performance in Las Vegas, making it the longest-running book musical in that entertainment Mecca's history.
''It works anywhere we've been with it,'' according to Alan Glist, one of the founders of GFour. ''I look at it as a phenomenon.''
Four women from different walks of life meet a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale in ‘‘Menopause: The Musical,’’ which comes to Packard Music Hall on Wednesday.
''Menopause'' will add another city to its run when it comes to Packard Music Hall for one performance Wednesday.
The show, written by Jeanie C. Linders, tells the story of four women who meet while all seeking the same black bra at a Bloomingdale's lingerie sale.
''There's an aging soap star, kind of a Susan Lucci type; an earth mother, kind of a hippie from the '60s; a professional woman who runs a big company; and an Iowa housewife who's never been to a big city before, and it's an eye opening experience,'' Glist said.
When you go
WHAT: ''Menopause: The Musical''
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren
HOW MUCH: $52, $47 and $37. Tickets are available at the Packard box office and by calling 330-841-2931.
Despite their diverse backgrounds, they have more in common, especially because of the changes they are experiencing as they age. And those changes are expressed through reworked version of pop hits, such as ''Stayin' Awake''/''Night Sweatin','' ''My Husband Sleeps Tonight'' and ''Puff, My God I'm Draggin'.''
Glist said he believes the show's success is due to the honest and humorous way it deals with menopause.
''It's a subject that was in the closet for a long time,'' he said. ''People wouldn't even mention the word.''
GFour saw the potential to appeal to women, who tend to be more regular theatergoers than men, after Linders staged the show at small theaters in Orlando and West Palm Beach.
''We opened it in Fort Lauderdale at the height of summer, which no one does,'' Glist said. ''We opened in May and sold every seat for six months.''
That was more than a decade ago, and the musical's popularity shows no sign of waning.
''As long as there are hot flashes and night sweats, the show will be funny,'' he said.