Update (06/28/06): Here's a link to my review of "The Full Monty." Enjoy!
I had a conversation last week with Judi Crenshaw, publicist at the Barksdale, who always takes very good care of me as far as tickets and logistics go and I love her for it. The show is apparently doing very well with its presales but she says they’re getting a lot of questions about what the show is about, so many that they’ve had to write up a little canned description that covers all of the bases. I gotta think that has led to some interesting phone conversations.
“Oh, hello. I’m a regular subscriber but I’m not familiar with this Monty show. Could you tell me what a Monty is and why it is Full?”
“Yes, ma’am. The Full Monty is a heart-warming, laugh riot featuring some of the finest…blah blah blah….”
“Well, that sounds interesting but I’m sorry, I thought I heard you say ‘male strippers’ in there somewhere. Must be something wrong with my hearing aid.”
“No, ma’am. I did say male strippers. The characters in the show become male strippers.”
“Oh my. And does that mean they take off all of their clothes?”
“Uh, yes, ma’am.”
“You mean, everything, so like their little kippers are showing and all?”
”Um, yes, ma’am, but it’s very tastefully staged.”
“I’ve gotta call Mabel. How much are group rates?”
I’m sorry to miss opening weekend for this show but will be going next weekend, review in Style to appear on June 21.
Update (06-19-06): What a grand show! Loved the songs, loved the lyrics, loved the production, would rave more but it's all going to be in print in a few days. One quick aside though: my favorite characters in the show were the couple Dave and Georgie, played by Jay Lusteck and Janine Russo. I haven't watched a sitcom in probably 5 years, but if Dave and Georgie had an ongoing show, I'd tune in. Mr Lusteck is a big guy with big appeal, kind of like John Goodman only cuddlier. And it's so good to see Ms. Russo on stage again after many years absent. You must go see her in this show just in case she disappears from the pro scene for another 5 years!