If you haven’t had a chance to see this gem of a show at The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, you must try to see it. It doesn’t disappoint and is one of my favorites from the 2016-2017 season. This is your last opportunity to see it, from Wednesday, March 1 through Friday, March 3 (all shows at 8 p.m.) and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, with the closing show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The Full Monty is a 10-time Tony Award® nominee that is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies, and a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizazz… not to mention the most highly anticipated closing number in Broadway history.
The story is familiar to those who saw the movie, the stage version was adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name. In this version, the six unemployed men are steelworkers in Buffalo. They come up with the outrageous idea to put on a strip act after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales dancers. They prepare for the big night, working through their fears and self-consciousness, and there are many hilarious moments along the way.
The Full Monty features a book by Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Ragtime, Catch Me If You Can) with score and lyrics by David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).
Engeman’s The Full Monty is produced by Richard T. Dolce, Producing Artistic Director, directed by Keith Andrews (National Tour: The Full Monty; New York: The Gig (NYMF), Regional: The Rocky Horror Show (Regional Premiere), Rock of Ages, Saturday Night Fever, The Addams Family, South Pacific, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Joe Piscopo), Sister Act, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone), with choreography by Antoinette DiPietropolo (Engeman Theater: Mamma Mia!, Memphis, Miracle on 34th Street, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Off Broadway: With Glee. Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime. National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus), and music direction by Andrew Haile Austin (New York: Golden Fleece Opera Company; Regional: Tidewater Opera Initiative (Composer-in-Residence), Virginia Music Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Theatre Under the Stars, Gateway Playhouse).
The cast ofThe Full Monty features BRENT MICHAEL DIROMA as Jerry Lukowski (National Tours: Jersey Boys, Avenue Q; Off-Broadway: I’d Rather Be Right, Cabaret Girl (Musicals Tonight); Regional: Legally Blonde and West Side Story at Gateway Playhouse), RYAN G. DUNKIN as Dave Bukatinsky (Broadway Workshops/Readings: Pure Country, Shrek the Musical; National Tours: Cheers: Live on Stage, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty), PETER SIMON HILTON as Harold Nichols (Engeman: Boeing, Boeing (Bernard); National Tours: Frost/Nixon, Oklahoma!, Les Misérables); SPENCER GLASS as Malcolm MacGregor (New York: Wringer!; National Tour: Elf; Regional: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse), NOAH BRIDGESTOCK as Ethan Girdard (Regional: Hairspray, Les Misérables, Bonnie and Clyde; Film: “Webb MD” and “Allabaster”) and MILTON CRAIG NEALY as Noah “Horse” T. Simmons (Broadway: Motown the Musical, Caroline or Change, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once on This Island, Dreamgirls; National Tours: The Full Monty, Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar; Film: “The Blues Brothers”).
The cast also includes: DIANE FINDLAY (Jeanette Burmeister), GAELEN GILLILAND (Vicki Nichols), NICOLE HALE (Georgie Bukatinsky) and KATE MARSHALL (Pam Lukowski) and a wonderful ensemble including TREVOR DORNER, LEXI LYRIC, SUZANNE MASON, ALEXANDER MOLINA, VINCENT ORTEGA, NYGEL DEVILLE ROBINSON, JAMES D. SCHULTZ, WAYNE SHUKER, JENNIFER COLLESTER TULLY and KYLE WOLF.
Tickets are $76 on Saturday evenings, $71 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.