The Full Monty
Book by Terrence McNally, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by Kate Austin-Gröen
November 2 – November 30, 2019
“A loser becomes, for just a few minutes, a winner.” -The New York Times
Six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects. Meanwhile, they discover their wives going crazy over male strippers. The men set out to make some quick cash showing off their “real men” bodies by becoming strippers themselves. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties, they find the courage to “let it all hang out.” Based on the cult hit film of the same name and a ten-time Tony Award nominee, The Full Monty is a raucous, pop/rock musical send up of gender expectations and stereotypes that takes it all off in the most anticipated closing number of any show
Playing at Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre – 417 West Magnolia Street
“It's a total blast.” – The Guardian
Can real men learn a dance routine and expose themselves to the world, trying to move like Michael Jordan and leave all their inhibitions at the door? You'll just have to buy a ticket and discover the answer for yourself.
“that rare aggressive crowd pleaser that you don't have to apologize for liking.” – NY Times
The Full Monty is the Americanized staged version of the 1997 British film of the same name. When Peter Cattaneo’s 1997 film version of The Full Monty came out, it was a breakout hit for the way in which it struck a chord with its irrepressibly English humour, and the way in which it captured the deep feeling of shame which overcame men in 1970s Britain who were rendered unemployed by Margaret Thatcher’s closure of the steel factories (seen in Billy Elliot also).
Making over $250 million in the box office, it was both commercially successful and critically acclaimed for its original storyline, self-deprecating script and unique take on masculinity during the 1970s in the UK. It went on to receive four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, and took home the gong for Best Original Musical Score.
The sense that the men really do have nothing to lose adds a sense of poignancy to their humour, and it’s impossible not to root for them.
The Full Monty is more about the tease than actual nudity on stage — It highlights the promise and possibilities as the guys work through the demons that have shaken their confidence. This show is charming, klutzy, and awkwardly titillating fun!
Terrance McNally is an American playwright, librettist and screenwriter. He has been described as a “probing and enduring dramatist” and “one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theatre world has yet produced." McNally’s career has spanned 6 decades and his works are performed world-wide. His work centers on the difficulties of and urgent need for human connection. In 2018, McNally received the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award. Other awards include best book of a musical for Ragtime (1998) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993). Read more
David Yazbek is an American musician, composer, and lyricist. He wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musicals The Full Monty (2000), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010), The Band’s Visit (2017) and Tootsie (2019). His work on The Band’s Visit earned him the 2017 Tony Award for Best Original Score. Yazbek’s work also ranges outside of Broadway. In 1986, he won an Emmy Award as a part of David Letterman’s writing team for The Late Night Show. Yazbek also co-owned the Manhattan Recording company from 1987-1989 and wrote many commercial jingles. Read more
From the Director
Identities are fickle. We all change identities throughout our lives – from Student to Teacher, Child to Parent, Entry-Level Worker to Supervisor. Usually, we take these identity changes in stride, since they are an expected part of our growth and maturity.
But what happens when your identity is suddenly and irrevocably taken away, with new new identity in place for you to assume? How do you create a new community when the one you've had for generations disappears? What are you willing to risk in creating a new one?
The Full Monty is about when the paradigm in which you live not only shifts, but completely drops out from under you. Who are these men in a world where women are suddenly the breadwinners, after generations of the opposite being true? What happens when failing to find a new identity might also mean losing the people you love most in the world?
When I originally proposed this show to OpenStage, it was because I thought it was funny, and it seemed like a good fit for our company. But the more I read it, the more depth I found. This show explores not only how toxic masculinity might take root, but also how it might be avoided – by men accepting their vulnerabilities and supporting each other, backed by the women who love them. It's a story about, as Thomas Gray puts it, "laughing wild amid severest woe."
Also, there's a lot of butts.
I hope you enjoy the show.
– Kate Austin-Groen