The Full Monty

Cast members of the McLeod Summer Playhouse production of 'The Full Monty' pose for a promotional photo. The musical opens its run in Carbondale on Friday.

CARBONDALE — McLeod Summer Playhouse bares it all with “The Full Monty.” The cult-favorite film turned Broadway musical will continue the playhouse's 2019 Professional Summer Season with performances June 21 to 23 and June 28 to 30 in the McLeod Theater at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Before there was Princess Elsa, there was a group of blue-collar men from Buffalo on the road to self-discovery, in more ways than one. Based on the British film of the same name, “The Full Monty” is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the highly anticipated closing number where the six men learn how to truly “Let it Go.”

While spying on their wives at a girls’ night out, a group of unemployed steelworkers sees how much the women enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out-of-work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold way to make some quick cash.

As they conquer their fears, the men discover that they’re stronger as a team, and the strength they find in one another gives them the individual courage to go “The Full Monty.”

With music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner David Yazbeck and book by Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally, "The Full Monty" is rich with show-stopping music and heart-wrenching relationships.

It was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, when it shimmied its way onto Broadway in 2000.

Bringing this endearing story to life is McLeod Summer Playhouse’s managing artistic director, J. Thomas Kidd.

“Anyone who knows me knows that this is my favorite musical play,” Kidd said. “It is such an inspirational and rowdy celebration of the power of friendship, told with such humor and empathy, and of course one of the most hilariously triumphant final moments conceived.”

In addition to Kidd, the artistic team includes music direction by Jenna Mee Dosch and Kevin A. Smith, co-choreography by Katelin Coursey, scenic design by Ronald Naversen, costume design by Jen Gillette, lighting design by Michael Frohling, and sound design by Jerome Veit.

The cast of “The Full Monty” is comprised of professional actors from New York City, Chicago and across the country.

Performances will take place in McLeod Theater, located in the Communications Building, 1100 Lincoln Drive, on the SIU Carbondale campus.

Catch “The Full Monty” on the following performance dates: 7:30 p.m. on June 21, 22, 28, and 29; and 2 p.m. on June 23 and 30.

General admission prices are $30 for adults, $10 for children and $14 for students.

Tickets are available online at events.siu.edu; by phone at 877-725-8547; in person at the SIU Arena from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or McLeod Theater box office from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and by mail through the SIU Ticket Office, Lingle Hall - Mail Code 6620, 1490 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL, 62901.

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