Musical sure to knock your socks off, by James A. Panowski

The Full Monty, an upbeat musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a hilarious book by celebrated playwright Terrance McNally is the next offering in the Forest Roberts Drop Everything theatre season at Northern Michigan University. Bold, hilarious, bawdy and in your face, The Full Monty runs from February 19 through 23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 1:00 p.m. matinee on the February 23.
The Chippendales have nothing on the unemployed steel workers in Buffalo (New York) who concoct a bold way to make some extra cash.
Watching their wives cheer the male strippers on Girls Night Out, Jerry Lukowski—Mayville (Wisconsin) senior Zach Ziegler—and Dave Bukatinsky, Stevens Point (Wisconsin) junior Travis Moscinski decide to round up some of the guys and have auditions for a very different “chorus line.”
By the time they are through with auditions, they have six men—Malcolm, Curtis senior John Pann; Harold, played by Marquette local Steve Oates; Horse, played by Marquette local Anthony Gibbs; and Ethan, played by Boyne City sophomore Brenton Fitzpatrick.
But in order to secure the exclusive club of Tony Giordano, Hesperior sophomore Timmy Grams, a $1,000 deposit is needed.
Jerry turns to his ex-wife, Pam, played by Gwinn senior Sherry Bollero, who wants nothing to do with the harebrained idea. His son, Nathan, Marquette eighth grader Marty Grey, has money in his college savings account and willingly loans it to his father.
With sales flagging (who wants to see a bunch of local guys strip?), Jerry decides the group, optimistically named Hot Metal, is going to throw caution to the wind. They are going to go “all the way” and do The Full Monty. What happens on that fateful night will leave audiences shrieking with laughter and cheering on Hot Metal.
As the group works through their fears and anxieties, they discover renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun.
Other cast members include Marquette freshman Susan Boyle, Marquette sophomore Ellisa Clumpner, Los Angeles senior Mike Gerdwagen, Marinette (Wisconsin) senior Tony LaMalfa, Normal (Illinois) freshman Dave Lyon, Rudyard sophomore Betsy McDonoff, Roscommon senior Megan Perry, Downstate Sawyer junior Bree Prehn, Escanaba senior Mike Rudden, Escanaba freshman Jennifer Skogman, Gwinn senior Emily Strazzinski and Ishpeming local Julie Williams.
Please note this musical is rated “R” for incidental nudity, language and content.
The Full Monty is directed by Paul Truckey with musical direction by Lynne Koski Lanczy and choreography by Shannon Franz. Scenic design is by Victor G. Holliday with lighting design by Kimberly Hegmegee. Shelley Russell designed costume and Jen Henry is props master. Becky Heldt serves as production stage manager and Kelly L. Passinault as assistant director. James A. Panowski is the producer.
Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the FRT box office weekdays from noon to 5:00 p.m., at TCF Bank in the University Center, at the Superior Dome or the Vista Thrift Shop. Credit card reservations can be made by calling 227-1032. Online reservations can be made at www.nmu.edu/tickets
Beginning February 18, reservations can be made by calling 227-2082. Tickets prices are $13 for the general public and $9 for NMU students.
—James A. Panowski

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