When "Menopause: The Musical" opens next Thursday at the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., parking around the historic theater will be at a premium.
"Menopause" has had tremendous advance ticket sales, which resulted in the Springer adding three shows. It can be seen 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 23-27, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets may not be available at the door, so be sure to call the box office before going downtown, say Springer officials.
Anticipating the big rush of cars and theater-goers, the Springer will offer a valet parking service for all Mainstage shows.
"We really wanted to offer the next level of service," said Jamie Fagerstrom, the Springer's managing director. "Paul (Pierce, the producing artistic director) and I have been talking about how people escape by going to entertainment venues during tough economic times. So we decided to make this a total event offering curb to door service."
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Depending on how many people are expected to go to each night's performance, the number of valet drivers may go up or down. She expects three-to-four drivers at each show. They will park the cars in various lots and parking garages in the downtown area.
The Springer has contracted with Quality Parking and Valet Management, an Atlanta-based company. Each of the drivers will receive a docent tour of the Springer so they will be knowledgeable about the theater if anyone asks. All of the drivers are local, and will be insured with complete background checks. There will also be roving security guards in the various lots and parking decks.
"This is the ultimate convenience," Fagerstrom said. "You can wear those beautiful high-heeled shoes and not worry about walking two blocks back to your car."
The service will cost $10.
Tickets to "Menopause" are $33.50-$39.50. Some shows may be sold out, so call the box office before going to the Springer.