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Triumphant Return for Atlanta Actress

By Aileen Dodd Contributing Writer | 7/26/2013, 12:54 p.m.
For Sandra Benton (far right), a co-star in the hit off-Broadway show, “Menopause The Musical,” the trip from Los Angeles to Atlanta will be like a family reunion.

A: “It’s music that most people have heard before; just with different lyrics. The song ‘Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places’ in the musical is called “Looking for Food.” Instead of ‘Night Fever’ from ‘Saturday Night Fever’, we do ‘Night Sweatin’. There is disco dancing and a little bit of the hustle. It’s hilarious.”

Q: Why have you stayed with the show for so long? 

A: “I’m a gypsy. I love being on tour. The show touches women so deeply. We talk about menopause in a funny way, not in a scary kind of way. It lets women know that they are not alone.”

Q: Do men ever come to see the show?

A: “We can always tell the guys that got dragged to the show because of their body language. Within the first five minutes, we can see the light bulb go off in their heads. They start laughing louder than the women do.” 

Q: What’s on your personal itinerary while you’re in Atlanta?

A: “I have a ton of friends there. I’m going to be in Atlanta for a week.  Typically, after a show if you’re in the theater, you go to hang out at Manuel’s Tavern. There is no place better. I can’t wait to get some buffalo wings and some humus. I also love sushi at Ru San’s.”

Q: Would you consider moving back to Atlanta?

A: I live in L.A. I have only been here a few years. I am trying to establish myself here, but my home base is more in Atlanta ... It wouldn’t be too far out of the realm to see me back there doing a project.”