Terrence McNally Music and Lyrics by
Based on the Motion Picture Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Uberto Pasolini, and directed by Peter Cattaneo
Two Acts, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated R
Original Broadway Version
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, THE FULL MONTY is a sublime send up of gender expectations and stereotypes in this raucous pop-rock musical that pushes the musical theatre envelope.
While spying on their wives at a 'Girls' Night Out,' a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness, and prejudices, the men come to discover they're stronger as a group, and the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to "let it go."
THE FULL MONTY is a story full of heart. Masterfully balancing raunchy hilarity and emotional turmoil, the musical is both engaging and entertaining. With its infectious melodies and toe-tapping rhythms, THE FULL MONTY will have your patrons leaving the theater in a joyous mood.
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Another one-act version of Passionella was written by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Mike Nichols four years before Mr. Nichols directed The Apple Tree.