The Full Monty Musical At Shawnee Playhouse Highlights American Issues Of Today

The Fully Monty musical aims to bring awareness to self-consciousness, unemployment, homosexuality, the burden of the working class, and the strength of the community. In a play based on a 1997 British film, with messaging still relevant today. 

The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. According to Visit, this Americanized musical stage version is an adaptation of a 1997 British film sharing the same name, regarding six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers who are low on cash, opportunities, and luck. These six hardworking Americans had a lightbulb moment after witnessing their wives become enamored with the touring Chippendale act. The play explores positive messaging like working through your fear, self-consciousness, and anxieties. The gentlemen prepare for their show, and while doing this. They not only find strength in themselves but in each other. 

The Film That Started It All 

According to the British Film Institute, even though this film is a comedy, its messaging covers serious topics, such as unemployment, fathers’ rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, body image, working-class culture, and suicide.

This film, The Full Monty, was very successful in its own right, producing gross revenue of $250 million on a $3.5 million budget. In 1997 it was the highest-grossing UK film until the movie Titanic hit the scene. The Full Monty, winner of a BAFTA Award and Best Film from the European Best Film Award, was nominated for numerous Academy Awards Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, winning the last. 

According to the British Film InstituteThe Full Monty ranked 25th best British film of the 20th century, later adapted into a musical in 2000, a play in 2013, and even a planned television series. 

Date: 07/22/22 – 08/14/22 | Every Weekend

Time: July 22 8pm, Saturdays 2pm & 8pm, Sundays 2pm

Cost: Adult $30, Senior $27, Under 17 $17

Venue: The Shawnee Playhouse

Location:  552 River Road Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania 18356

Phone: (570) 426-5846

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