Full Monty [Original Broadway Cast]

The Full Monty [Original Broadway Cast]

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The Full Monty is a full-frontal smash! The new hit theatrical adaptation of the 1997 British cinematic sleeper has brought musical comedy back to Broadway in a big, big way. Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally has Americanized the familiar fable of six unemployed steel workers who become strippers to help a down-and-out comrade and elevated it to

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The Full Monty is a full-frontal smash! The new hit theatrical adaptation of the 1997 British cinematic sleeper has brought musical comedy back to Broadway in a big, big way. Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally has Americanized the familiar fable of six unemployed steel workers who become strippers to help a down-and-out comrade and elevated it to new heights of hilarity. Newcomer David Yazbek's peppy score has just the right mix of pop, rock, and showbiz glitz to enliven this odyssey of self-discovery, human bonding, and the changing nature of traditional gender roles. An explosive cast is headed by veterans Andre De Shields, Emily Skinner, Kathleen Freeman, and Patrick Wilson. This remarkable recording crackles with personality, wit, and charm and features De Shields's salacious showstopper "Big Black Man" as well as such memorable moments as "It's a Woman's World," "Man," "Jeanette's Showbiz Number," "Let It Go," and "The Goods." A nigh perfect entertainment, The Full Monty overflows with spirit, humor, and warmth.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At a time when a number of Broadway musicals have been built unimaginatively -- and unsuccessfully -- around popular films (Footloose, Saturday Night Fever), the creative team behind The Full Monty, which opened on October 26, 2000, succeeded by avoiding an exact recreation of the acclaimed 1997 British movie about a group of unemployed steelworkers in Sheffield who decide to become strippers. For one thing, the setting has been moved to Buffalo, NY, allowing the men to become typical working-class Americans who drink beer and cheer Michael Jordan. From there, though the overall plot is the same, the details are all different, while the film's mixture of comic and pathetic elements is preserved. No small part of the show's success is the score of first-time composer David Yazbek. His work is steeped in American popular music of the 1950s and '60s, especially R&B, with funky rhythms and a busy horn section. And his lyrics, full of American colloquialisms, capture the work's comically desperate tone, notably in "Big-Ass Rock," a song that finds two of the male characters kidding a third one out of suicide by sarcastically describing various ways to achieve it. The Full Monty has the feel of a bunch of aging jocks together for a Monday night football game, if those guys were as witty as they think they are after a few brews and could sing. And the ensemble cast gives the score an excellent reading. Annie Golden stands out among the women and André De Shields among the men, but there are no bad performances. Who'd have guessed that such a quintessentially English movie would be adapted into such a quintessentially American musical?

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2000
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266373925
catalogNumber:
63739

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Conlee   Track Performer
Steve Bargonetti   Guitar
Kevin Batchelor   Trumpet
Herb Besson   Trombone
Kathy Freeman   Track Performer
Annie Golden   Track Performer
Howard Joines   Percussion
Zane Mark   Synthesizer
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Marti Sweet   Violin
Paul Vercesi   Woodwind
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Lino Gomez   Woodwind
Mark de Shields   Track Performer
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Romain Frugé   Track Performer
Ted Sperling   Conductor
Adam Grabois   Cello
Emily Skinner   Track Performer
Kimberly Grigsby   Conductor
André de Sheilds   Track Performer
Dean Sharenow   Drums
Dan Lipton   Piano
Jason Danieley   Track Performer
Marcus Neville   Track Performer
Liz McConahay   Track Performer
Jannie Jones   Track Performer
Laura Marie Duncan   Track Performer
Michael Boschen   Trombone
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin
Patrick Wilson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Perry Barlow   Public Relations
Zane Mark   Arranger
Billy Straus   Producer,Engineer
Harold Wheeler   Orchestration
David Yazbek   Producer
Janene Higgins   Art Direction
Ted Sperling   Arranger,Producer
Michael Hartman   Public Relations
Wayne Wolfe   Public Relations

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The Full Monty [Original Broadway Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the production a week after it opened, I anxiously awaited the Original Cast Recording to come out. After listening to it continously, I strongly recommend it for anyone who enjoys the Musical Comedy Genre that has seemed to disappear from Broadway of late. In a time that Pop Music and British Mega Musicals seem a standard(ie Boubil and Schonberg, Andrew LLoyd Webber, Frank Wildhorn, Elton John) on Broadway, this is a fresh sound of old. Finally there are songs with clever lyrics that are as true in context as out of context. No longer must we rely on revivals such as Kiss Me Kate and The Music Man to thrill us in music and laughter. David Teblak's first musical score is one that should be listened to over and over again, as well as sung. Now I just have to wait for the Vocal Score to be released.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album plays as a reminder of the show or stands alone with beautiful melodies and upbeat songs.