The Full Monty [Original Broadway Cast]

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2000
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266373925
  • Catalog Number: 63739
  • Sales rank: 25,448

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Kimberly Grigsby (1:28)
  2. 2 Scrap - Jason Danieley (3:45)
  3. 3 It's a Woman's World - Laura Marie Duncan (2:19)
  4. 4 Man - Kimberly Grigsby (3:10)
  5. 5 Big-Ass Rock - Jason Danieley (3:42)
  6. 6 Life With Harold - Marcus Neville (2:20)
  7. 7 Big Black Man - Kimberly Grigsby (3:50)
  8. 8 You Rule My World - Marcus Neville (3:21)
  9. 9 Michael Jordan's Ball - Kimberly Grigsby (2:28)
  10. 10 Jeanette's Showbiz Number - Kimberly Grigsby (3:41)
  11. 11 Breeze off the River - Kimberly Grigsby (2:41)
  12. 12 The Goods - Kimberly Grigsby (4:32)
  13. 13 You Walk With Me - Jason Danieley (3:12)
  14. 14 You Rule My World (Reprise) - Kimberly Grigsby (1:52)
  15. 15 Let It Go - Marcus Neville (3:52)
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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
Patrick Wilson Track Performer
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
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner Violin
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
Technical Credits
John Perry Barlow Public Relations
Zane Mark Arranger
Billy Straus Producer, Engineer
Harold Wheeler Orchestration
David Yazbek Producer
Phil Klum Mastering
Janene Higgins Art Direction
Ted Sperling Arranger, Producer
Michael Hartman Public Relations
Wayne Wolfe Public Relations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Take Home a Piece of the Show

    The album plays as a reminder of the show or stands alone with beautiful melodies and upbeat songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Musical Comedy is Back

    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.

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