The Full Monty at Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse
The last date listed for The Full Monty was Sunday, Nov 11, 2007 / 2:00pm.
The Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse will open the second show of its 2007/2008 season with David Yazbeck and Terrance McNally’s ten-time Tony Award-nominated musical The Full Monty. Directed by David A. Blair, with musical direction by Stephen Hulsey and choreography by Edward Bangasser.
Based on the 1997 Academy Award-nominated hit film of the same name, The Full Monty is the raucous, heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers who, inspired by how much their wives and girlfriends dig watching a traveling male strip show, create their own Chippendales-style group in order to raise some hard-needed cash. But, whereas the traveling strippers only go down to their G-strings, the steelworkers figure they might strike the big time if they go the “full monty,” all the way.
Four-time Tony Award winning writer Terrence McNally adapted the screen hit for the stage and added his own unique brand of American comedy to the story. “The show is about friendship, about being a parent,” said McNally. “It’s also about an image obsessed society that says you have to look like Brad Pitt. This show says quite the opposite. It celebrates everybody for exactly who they are.” To help the story feel closer to home, McNally moved it to Buffalo, NY from Sheffield, England, where the original movie took place.
When it opened on Broadway in October 2000, THE FULL MONTY was hailed by critics as “a genuine musical comedy,” “full of brilliance,” “witty,” “funny,” and “exhilarating.” The New York Post said, “it’s a blockbuster. A one-of-a-kind Broadway musical.”
Composer and lyricist David Yazbek, winner of the 2001 Drama Desk Award for his music, explains: “The Full Monty is a sports story. It’s not about stripping. It’s a bunch of guys who get together and form a team. There are ups and downs, and, in the end, they win.”
The Costa Mesa Playhouse cast features Jason Holland, Marc Montminy, James Goodrich, Ryan Holihan, Jaycob Hunter and Austin Nation as the six friends, supported Barbara Duncan Brown, Landon Zwuick, Cru Jones, Jen Aedo, Dawn Marshall, Jamie Jean, Joshua McKinney, Emily Price, Tiffany McQuay, Stephanie French, Tony Sanchez, Kathleen Gray, Damien Kerr, and Sheri Vasquez.