Let’s get this out of the way upfront: OpenStage Theatre’s production of “The FullMonty” musical will, indeed, bare all when it runs Nov. 2 to 30 in the Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre.
Those who have seen the movie may recall the plot offers a new twist on an old story. Six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York, are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects. When they discover their wives screaming and stuffing dollar bills down the g-strings of male Chippendale strippers, they hit on the idea of showing off their “real men” bodies by also stripping for cash.
“The FullMonty” is a raucous, pop/rock musical send-up of gender expectations and stereotypes that takes it all off in the most anticipated closing number of any show.
Director Kate Austin-Groen invites audiences to have fun at the musical version of the 1997 movie. “The play says a lot about toxic masculinity, but, ultimately, it focuses on how to follow through with crazy plans. It’s a celebration, a real party,”
It’s also a production requiring loads of G-strings that barely cover the men’s privates. According to Austin-Groen, “There’s like 50 G-strings in this show, but we get the male nudity out in the open near the beginning, so audiences can relax and just enjoy the show.”
The team of local and regional actors is led by Bas Meindertsma, in the role created for the movie by Scottish performer Robert Carlyle. A seven-piece, live band, led by Matthew Rothstein, will accompany the actors. Katie Rothstein serves as a vocal director.
“We’ve got some great voices and actors that will make the evening a lot of fun,” said Austin-Groen.
For more information, visit OpenStage.com. Tickets can be purchased at lctix.com.
Cynthia Reaves is the Managing Editor of The New Scene Magazine and North Forty News. Cynthia is multimedia journalist with a master's in New Media Journalism and a bachelor's in Journalism with a minor in Music Theory and Composition. She has a grassroots digital publication, Argento Studios. She was the social producer for Green Mile Films, PR for Women’s Grand Prix at the US Pro Challenge, and Chief Relationship Officer for technology company Studio Hyperset.