|‘The Full Monty’ coming to 6th St.
An Americanized stage version of the classic 1997 British film “The Full Monty” is next on the season schedule at 6th Street Playhouse. The Full Monty will appear in the GK Hardt Theatre from April 26 through May 19 and will be directed by Russell Kaltschmidt.
The British film about six unemployed men who decide to form a male striptease act to raise money opened to critical acclaim and was ultimately nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Music Score.
In the American stage version, which was nominated for more than 10 Tony Awards, six unemployed steel workers in the depressed town of Buffalo, N.Y., decide to present a strip act at a local club upon seeing their wives enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendale dancers.
In process of preparing to go “the full Monty” (that is, to bare it all) at the local club, the men work through their fears, insecurities, body image issues and anxieties to find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun. The lively, jazz-inflected score by David Yazbek provides a comically witty backdrop to a story that touches on many important themes, including bigotry, homophobia, unemployment, child custody, obesity and more.
The Full Monty premieres April 26 in The GK Hardt Theatre and runs through May 19. Tickets are $30-35 and available online or at the box office.