BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Full Monty was released as a movie in 1997 and then hit Broadway in 2000. Now it’s playing at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre.
The musical was nominated for every award known to man. It didn’t win much, but it was highly regarded during its Broadway run. People like it for three reasons: the characters, the music and — especially — the heart of the story.
The Full Monty movie was about unemployed British steelworkers scrambling for a few bucks and their self respect. The musical is the same story, though now it’s set in Buffalo, N.Y.
Still, the story remains the same: unemployed steel workers struggle to find rewarding work and bit of their old self respect.
They do that by stripping. Going “the full monty.” And there is where the heart comes in — as each character must decide “will he, won’t he and why?”
In the Boulder production, great music supports the story while the cast makes the most of all their comic and emotional opportunities. Seth Caikowski, Joel Adam Chavez, Scott Beyette and Robert Johnson all glimmer. As does Shelley Cox Robie as their accompanist.
Warm, touching, funny, rude, angry and hearfelt, “The Full Monty” is a Broadway musical with a touch of the real world thrown in.
Also, there is that “full monty” at the end. It’s done very cleverly and with great discretion. But, be warned! It is for mature audiences.
Performances of “The Full Monty” continue at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre through Nov. 9, then the comic musical Spamalot will be playing.
For tickets call (303) 449-6000 or visit theatreinboulder.com.
– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.