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   from the issue of March 24, 2005

Full Monty full of fun at Lied April 1, 2

The Full Monty is the raucous and heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers who go to great lengths to make some cash and help out a friend in trouble. When a local male strip show - whose dancers venture down to their G-strings - is a hit with the local women, the cash-strapped factory workers figure they can cash in big time if they go the full Monty.

The Full Monty
 The Full Monty

See how it all "ends" when the Broadway smash hits the Lied Center stage for three shows.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 2.

With book by Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by pop composer David Yazbek, the musical is based on the based on the record-breaking 1997 Academy Award-nominated hit of the same name.

McNally adapted the screen hit for the stage and added his own unique brand of American comedy to the story. "The show is about friendship, about being a parent," said McNally. "It's also about an image-obsessed society that says you have to look like Brad Pitt. This show says quite the opposite. It celebrates everybody for exactly who they are." To help the story feel closer to home, McNally moved it to Buffalo, N.Y., from Sheffield, England, where the original movie took place.

When it opened on Broadway in October 2000, The Full Monty was hailed by critics as genuinely hilarious musical comedy. The road show has won similar raves across the nation.

Composer and lyricist Yazbek, winner of the 2001 Drama Desk Award for his music, explains: "The Full Monty is a sports story. It's not about stripping. It's a bunch of guys who get together and form a team. There are ups and downs, and, in the end, they win."

This show has adult content/issues and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

A pre-performance talk will be in the Lied's Steinhart Room 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets for The Full Monty are available by calling Lied Center ticket office 472-4747 or 800-432-3231.

Tickets for this performance are $46/$40/$36; half-price for students.



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