Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 | 9:35 a.m.
Comedian Rita Rudner stepped demurely on stage at Harrrah's Showroom on Thursday to introduce the opening of the "Hats! The Musical" before a colorfully costumed crowd of Red Hat Society members, who were celebrating the 10th birthday of their group.
And then Rudner asked them to TAKE OFF their towering plumed hats -- so the people sitting behind them in the cabaret-style theater could see the stage.
Designed to share a built-in audience base with "Menopause The Musical" (hitting its second-year mark at the Las Vegas Hilton), "Hats!" is cheery in a cheerleader-y way, a 60-minute infomercial for the fun-loving international society for women over 50.
Featuring a cast of seven, it's an unevenly stitched together (and still somewhat under-rehearsed) patchwork of songs, about a "49.999"-year-old woman as she struggles against embracing her age. It all ends with a house-lights-up kickline and an Inspiring Lesson: "If you settle for what you‚ve got, you deserve what you get." Look for the review in Sunday's Las Vegas Sun.