Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their ‘Girls Night Out’, unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo New York come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun.
As the guys work through their fears they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them.
WARNING: CONTAINS MALE NUDITY AND STRONG LANGUAGE
Sale & Altrincham Messenger’s review by Rick Bowen
The Bare Necessities
When I first discovered the musical ‘The Full Monty’ transported the original story from Sheffield to the States my heart sank. I thought the Yanks would simply drain all the warmth and humanity out of this story of a group of unemployed steelworkers who turn to stripping to raise some cash. How wrong I was. This engaging story has travelled well across the pond and Altrincham Garrick’s revival production is even better the second time around. The Full Monty is a fabulous feel good musical and this time the cast are much more self assured in their roles. They sound even better too, performing accomplished renditions of songs teeming with humour and heartache. In terms of the score, its strength, for me, lies in the lyrics rather than the music. The music is, by and large, forgettable, while some of the lyrics are inspired. Jerry Lukowski and Dave Bukatinsky are the show’s pivotal and most interesting characters. Divorcee Jerry is on the verge of losing access to his son because he can’t keep up the maintenance payments to his ex-wife and podgy Dave’s self esteem has sunk to an all time low since losing his job. Performances from the entire cast are exceptional, but I was particularly impressed with John Wood and Simon Pickup as Jerry and Dave and Daniel Shaw as Jerry’s son Nathan. David Leathlean is great value as the prim and proper Harold Nichols and Adam Whittle displays some deft visual comedy touches. The Full Monty isn’t just about male strippers – it’s about friendship, loyalty and the resilience of the human spirit.
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