Musical (2000)

Musique: David Yazbek
Paroles: David Yazbek
Livret: Terrence McNally
Production à la création:

Six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go "the full monty" — strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie.

While relocated to Buffalo, New York, the musical closely follows the film.

Act I
In depressed Buffalo, New York, the once-successful steel mills have grown brown with rust, rolling equipment has been removed, and the lines are silent. Best friends Jerry Lukowski and Dave Bukatinsky, along with the other unemployed mill workers, collect unemployment checks and ponder their lost lives, describing themselves as "Scrap". Elsewhere, Dave's wife Georgie and her friends are celebrating a night on the town by attending a Chippendales performance. With their newfound independence and wealth as the sole earners of their families, they declare "It's a Woman's World".

While hiding in the bathroom of the strip club, Jerry and Dave hear how unhappy Georgie is over Dave's insecurities (in part because of his weight) and Pam, Jerry's ex-wife, laments the loss of her marriage and her plans to take court action against him for the child support payments that he's failed to make since losing his job. Compromising the situation further is Jerry's son, Nathan, who reluctantly spends time with him; he has grown tired of his father's seeming lack of motivation.

After talking to the stripper in the Chippendales act, Jerry and Dave are intrigued by the women's willingness to pay for a striptease act, Jerry is convinced that his ship has finally come in: he decides to organize a similar act of his own, with the intent to earn enough money to pay for his child support obligations.("Man")

The first to join the act is gauche and lonely Malcolm, a security guard at the steel mill where Dave and Jerry once worked. Malcolm tries to commit suicide by asphyxiating himself in his car through carbon monoxide poisoning. Dave pulls him out, and Jerry and Dave discuss various methods to commit suicide, for example: "A Big-Ass Rock". Malcolm ultimately joins in and with the reassurance of his new-found friends behind him, he joins the fledgling lineup. His rescue and inclusion in the group gives him a newly-optimistic and confident outlook on life. He also starts to grow more independent from his domineering, invalid mother, Molly.

Next on Dave and Jerry's list is their former foreman, the middle-class aspirant Harold Nichols, who is taking a ballroom dance class with his immaculately-groomed wife, Vicki. While Harold explains that he has concealed his unemployment from his materialistic wife, Vicki blithely sings about her sweet "Life with Harold". Dave and Jerry tell him of their scheme; with literally no options left, Harold agrees to be the act's choreographer.

In a sequence of scenes, former co-workers perform a strip-tease auditions. One of the auditionees is invited to sit down after he flunks; he declines, saying that his children are outside waiting 'in the car' and that 'this is no place for kids' before glancing over at Nathan before leaving. Other auditioners are however hired: Noah 'Horse' Simmons for his comprehensive dance knowledge (while overlooking evidence of advanced arthritis) and urban legend in the case of "Big Black Man", Ethan Girard, who longs to dance like Donald O'Connor in "Singin' in the Rain" and has a jaw-dropping, euphemism-inducing penis. They are also joined by Jeanette Burmeister, a tough, seen-it-all showbiz musician who "shows up, piano and all" to accompany the boys' rehearsals.

Elsewhere, Dave contemplates his weight and Harold contemplates Vicki's spending habits, commenting they "Rule My World". At the first rehearsal, Harold feels the men are hopeless, but Jerry fires them up, encouraging them to think of it not as dance, but as sports moves (Michael Jordan's Ball).

Act II
As the men practice, doubts continue to creep in about whether this is the best way to make some money, due to their individual insecurities over their appearances. Jeanette is particularly straightforward ("Jeanette's Showbiz Number").

Requiring a deposit at the club, Jerry tries to get seed money from Pam, which she denies. Nathan eventually provides some college funds, and Jerry is moved by Nathan's growing belief in his father ("Breeze Off the River").

Later, as the men are rehearsing at Harold's house, they undress in front of each other for the first time, and have nightmare visions that the women of the town will find "The Goods" will be inadequate. They are interrupted by repossessors who are scared off by the scantily clad men; their mutual friendships continue to grow.

During a dress rehearsal, the boys get literally caught with their pants down wearing thongs, causing Jerry, Horse, Harold, Jeanette, and Nathan to be brought into a police station. Malcolm and Ethan successfully escape, and fall into a homoerotic embrace after they climb through the window of Malcolm's house. They are interrupted by the sudden illness of Molly.

After Pam tearfully picks up Nathan ("Man, reprise"), the men are approached on the street by local women acquaintances who have heard of their show. Jerry declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go "the full monty" - strip all the way. Dave, meanwhile, quits less than a week before the show, deprecating himself as a 'fat bastard' whom no one would want to see in the nude - including his wife, Georgie.

They boys are brought together at the funeral of Malcolm's mother, where he is joined by Ethan in subtly announcing their relationship - "You Walk with Me".

Their secret out, all seems lost for the members of Hot Metal - their "stage name". But Georgie and Vicki reconfirm their love for their husbands despite their failures ("You Rule My World, reprise"). It is also revealed the arrest publicity has spiked ticket sales.

With not much left to lose, and a sold-out show, the men decide to go for it for one night, including Harold, who has finally gotten a job. Dave finds his confidence and joins the rest of the group, but Jerry has a last minute loss of his. Nathan convinces him to go on and he joins the boys for the final performance. With the support of all the friends, family, and townspeople, the boys "Let It Go!"

The musical had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego from June 1 through July 9, 2000. The production opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on October 26, 2000 and closed on September 2002, after 770 performances and 35 previews. The musical was directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with sets by John Arnone, lighting by Howell Binkley, and costumes by Robert Morgan. The opening night cast included Patrick Wilson, André DeShields, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Danieley, Marcus Neville, Kathleen Freeman, Denis Jones, Emily Skinner, and Annie Golden. Jane Connell replaced Freeman when she died during the run.

The musical premiered in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in March 2002 and closed on November 23, 2002. The cast included original Broadway cast members Jason Danieley, Andre De Shields, John Ellison Conlee, Romain Frugé and Marcus Neville, with Dora Bryan featured as Jeanette Burmeister and Jarrod Emick as Jerry. The production won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. A production directed by Thom Southerland ran at the Broadway Studio in Catford, south east London, in November 2009 and then transferred to the West End at the New Players Theatre in December 2009.

In regional theatre, the Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey presented the musical in June - July 2009, starring Elaine Stritch as Jeanette Burmeister.

Act I
"Scrap" - Jerry, Dave, Malcolm, Ethan, and men
"It's a Woman's World" - Georgie and women
"Man" - Jerry and Dave
"Big-Ass Rock" - Jerry, Dave, and Malcolm
"Life With Harold" - Vicki and ensemble
"Big Black Man" - Horse and the boys
"You Rule My World" - Dave and Harold
"Michael Jordan's Ball" - Jerry and the boys

Act II
"Jeanette's Showbiz Number" - Jeanette and the boys
"Breeze Off the River" - Jerry
"The Goods" - Jerry, Horse, the boys, Georgie, Vicki, Pam, and women
"You Walk with Me" - Malcolm and Ethan
"You Rule My World" (Reprise) - Georgie and Vicki
"Let it Go" - The boys and ensemble

Aucun dossier informatif complémentaire concernant Full Monty (The)

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Version 1

Full Monty (2000-10-Eugene O'Neill Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 10 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 35 previews - 770 représentations
Première Preview : 25 September 2000
Première: 26 October 2000
Dernière: 01 September 2002
Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Patrick Wilson (Jerry Lukowski), John Ellison Conlee (Dave Bukatinsky), Romain Fruge (Ethan Girard), Jason Danieley (Malcolm MacGregor), Marcus Neville (Harold Nichols), Emily Skinner (Vicki Nichols), Kathleen Freeman (Jeanette Burmeister), Andre De Shields (Noah "Horse" T. Simmons), Annie Golden (Georgie Bukatinsky), Denis Jones (Buddy "Keno" Walsh)

Version 2

Full Monty (The) (2000-10-Old Globe Theatre-San Diego)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Old Globe Theatre (San Diego - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 23 May 2000
Première: 01 June 2000
Dernière: 09 July 2000
Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Annie Golden (Georgie Bukatinsky), Denis Jones (Buddy "Keno" Walsh), Todd Weeks (Carroll Crosby), Patrick Wilson (Jerry Lukowski), John Ellison Conlee (Dave Bukatinsky), Marcus Neville (Harold Nichols), Emily Skinner (Vicki Nichols), Jason Danieley (Malcolm MacGregor), Romain Fruge (Ethan Girard), Adam Covalt (Nathan Lukowski)

Version 3

Full Monty (The) (2002-03-Prince of Wales Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 8 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 295 représentations
Première Preview : 27 February 2002
Première: 12 March 2002
Dernière: 23 November 2002
Mise en scène : Jack O'Brien
Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Gina Murray (Geòrgie), John Ellison Conlee (Dave), Julie-Alanah Brighten (Pam), Jarrod Emick (Jerry), Jason Damieley (Malcolm), Tricia Deighton (Molly), Marcus Neville (Harold), Rebecca Thornhill (Vicki), André De Shields (Noah), Romain Frugé (Ethan), Dora Bryan (Jeanette)
Commentaires : “The Full Monty” started life as a 1997 British film, directed by Peter Cattaneo. Set in Sheffield it was a non-musical comedy which managed to deal seriously with subjects like unemployment, father’s rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, working-class culture and suicide. The musical version changed the setting to Buffalo, New York, but stayed very close to the film, changing some names and introducing a few new characters.
The musical opened on Broadway in October 2000 and ran for 769 performances. The London cast included six of the original Broadway cast members and received excellent notices. Dora Bryan was replaced after 12 weeks (due to “filming commitments”) by Lynda Baron, and after the agreed six months, the American leads were replaced with David Ganly (Dave), Cornell John (Noah), Ben Richards (Jerry), Paul Keating (Ethan), Samuel James (Malcolm) and Tony Timberlake (Harold). It ran for 9 months.

Version 4

Full Monty (The) (2009-06-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 10 June 2009
Première: 10 June 2009
Dernière: 12 July 2009
Mise en scène : Mark S. Hoebee
Chorégraphie : Denis Jones
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Wayne Wilcox (Jerry Lukowski), Joe Coots (Dave Bukatinsky), Michael Rupert (Harold Nichols), Milton Craig Nealy (Noah), Jenn Colella (Georgie Bukatinsky), Michele Ragusa (Vicki Nichols), Kelly Sullivan (Pam Lukowski), Jason Babinsky (Ethan Girard), Allen E. Read (Malcolm MacGregor), Elaine Stritch (Jeanette Burmeister)

Version 5

Full Monty (The) (2009-12-New Players Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Charing Cross Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 02 December 2009
Première: 03 December 2009
Dernière: 02 January 2010
Mise en scène : Thom Southerland
Chorégraphie : Chadd Garvie
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Adam Bayjou (Lukowski), Peter St James (Dave), Tegwan Tucker (Pam), Gareth Nash (Malcolm), Nick Fawcett (Harold), Charlene Qwaye (Vicki), Adam Colbourne (Ethan), Anthony Wise (Jeanette), Herve Goffings (Horse)
Commentaires : Very often a cut-down, small-scale fringe production of a formerly “big” musical would provide a tighter focus, more direct audience involvement, and therefore create a valid and worthwhile re-interpretation of the original work. However, it was felt this was not true of “The Full Monty”. With its reduced cast and smaller settings this was felt to be a disappointment.

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