Sonya Ellingboe “Do they really?” seems to be the most frequent question about “The Full Monty.” Well, yes they do “Let It Go,” but …
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“Do they really?” seems to be the most frequent question about
“The Full Monty.” Well, yes they do “Let It Go,” but that’s not
really the point of the musical, which plays through Oct. 26 at
Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., downtown Littleton,
directed and choreographed by the versatile Nick Schell.
Based on the popular British film about a group of unemployed
U.K. workers who need to make some money to support their families,
and recover self-esteem, this witty show was transported to
depressed Buffalo, N.Y., when award-winning playwright Terrence
McNally was hired to write a book for a musical, with score by Dave
Music director Donna Debreceni recorded the great score for the
production, and I recognize that budget drove the decision to use
canned music, but a live band adds so much energy to a
Although Sugar has staged many strong musicals in the area,
including at Town Hall, the “energy shortage” seemed to extend to
the cast, including lead Nick Madson, in his Denver debut as Jerry
Lukowski. Perhaps the sound system was faulty, but it was hard to
hear him sing at times, although it’s a small theater.
Jerry’s deep love for his teenage son Nathan (Heritage High
sophomore Max Stewart) and his inability to make child support
payments to his former wife lead him to desperation. It’s his idea
to stage a strip show to earn money after he sees women, including
wives, girlfriends and mothers flocking to see The
“It’s a Woman’s World,” they sing.
Jerry convinces a mixed group of out-of-work guys to try it
after he finds out his boss, also unemployed, knows how to
Dave Bukatinsky (Robert Michael Sanders) is Jerry’s overweight,
depressed friend, who, like Jerry, refuses to take a job that
doesn’t seem macho.
Dwayne Carrington is a standout as Horse, the senior member of
the group; Ken Paul is the boss, Harold Nichols, who hasn’t told
his free-spending wife that his job went away.
Philip Martin and Cameron Stevens connect as they get involved
with the project and Deb Note-Farwell is a joy as the jaded piano
accompanist who works with the guys. Her “Showbiz Number” opens Act
II with a bang.
As a frustrated Nichols tries to teach this clutzy crew to
dance, he is inspired to use a basketball metaphor. “Michael
Jordan’s Ball” is an especially clever number.
This is a really entertaining musical and one suspects that
since opening night, the cast has probably managed to blend and
pick up steam, just as the characters in the story do as they
support each other — which is the worthwhile point.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m.
Sundays. Tickets: $19 to $36. 303-794-2787, ext. 5; www.townhallartscenter.com.
Intended for age 17 and older.
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