Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Pittsburgh CLO's THE FULL MONTY
Pittsburgh CLO's THE FULL MONTY will take it all off at the Benedum Center this summer July 6 - 15. With a book written by Terrence McNally(Ragtime) and the music/ lyric talents of David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), this duo cooks up an aggressive crowd-pleaser that is both highly-entertaining and charmingly uplifting. Tickets are now available by phone at 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or by visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.
After watching their wives revel in a bit of manly mischief during a "Girls' Night Out," six unemployed steel workers from Buffalo decide to go buff to pay their bills and get much more than they bargained for! Out of shape and out of step, can these unlikely performers pull it off when they decide to take it all off? Watch as these macho men develop meaningful friendships, take charge of their lives and overcome fear to become the most unlikely group of exotic dancers in history. Based on the Oscar-nominated film, this 10-time Tony Award® nominee features a catchy pop score that will have you tapping your toes and rolling with laughter! Come see what the Los Angeles Times calls "a slam-dunk musical sensation!"
Let's see what the critics have to say!
Sharon Eberson, Post Gazette: Mr. DeLuca of Peters, who starred in the tour of the dance-heavy "Newsies," plays a good-natured dim bulb who has no qualms about dropping trou. Mr. Massey (Broadway's "A Gentleman's Guide to Murder") as Malcolm is a fellow with mommy issues and vocal skills, and together they brighten the proceedings.
Ted Hoover, PGH City Paper: This powerhouse cast's singing and dancing ignite the Benedum stage. I gleefully mention our six heroes: Andy Kelso, Matt Dewberry, Kevin Massey, John Hickok, Randy Donaldson and Dan DeLuca. And I point out the great work of Natalie Charle Ellis, Sarah Uriarte Berry and, especially, a side-splitting Anita Gillette.
Dylan Shaffer, BroadwayWorld: The Full Monty does not involve audience participation, but the cast bridges the gap in multiple scenes, making the audience truly feel like they are in the show. There were some kinks being worked out during opening night - stumbled over lines, scene changes - but there were no wardrobe malfunction; as the title suggests, however, there is a climactic end to the show with intentional costume removal.