Broadway Vets Anderson, Connell, Westenberg Join The Full Monty Tour

News   Broadway Vets Anderson, Connell, Westenberg Join The Full Monty Tour Christian Anderson, Jane Connell and Robert Westenberg head up the cast of the national touring company of The Full Monty now playing its second leg.

The Full Monty national tour returned from a summer hiatus with dates in Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah — where it currently plays through Oct. 21.

Anderson played Mark in Rent on Broadway and Roger on the national tour. Connell appeared in The Full Monty on Broadway as well as the original staging of Mame. Westenberg was nominated for a Tony Award for his turn in the original Into the Woods and also appeared in the The Secret Garden and Sunday in the Park with George.

The cast also includes Leo Daignault, Trey Ellett, David Patrick Ford, Michael Halling, Kimberly Harris, Dale Hensley, Christine Hudman, Sloan Just, Aaron Kaburick, Eric Leviton, Jennifer Naimo, Milton Craig Nealy, Aaron Nutter, Ryan Postal, Diana Pappas, Ryan Perry, C.E. Smith, Paige DuBois Wolff and Sarah Zimmerman. Julie Foldesi, Jim Orsono, Brad Sharp and David A. White are swings.

The Broadway musical, with a book by Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) and music and lyrics by rock composer David Yazbek, was based on the 1997 film of the same title. The stagework, however, resets the piece from Sheffield, England to Buffalo, New York and adds a few characters but remains sincere to the story of average Joes who become strippers to raise money. The musical comedy was directed by Jack O'Brien.

Yazbek's score includes "Scrap," "Man," "Big Ass Rock," "Big Black Man," 'Life With Harold," "You Rule My World," "Michael Jordan's Ball," "Breeze off the River," "The Goods," "You Walk With Me" and "Let It Go." Before opening at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre Oct. 26, 2000, The Full Monty began life at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre setting an Old Globe box office record. The show received ten Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Director, but was overshadowed by The Producers.

The announced tour dates are as follows: (subject to change)

Sept. 16-21: Salt Lake City, UT - Capitol Theatre
Sept. 23-28: Iowa City, IA - Hancher Auditorium
Sept. 30-Oct. 5: Des Moines, IA - Civic Center
Oct. 8-12: Los Angeles, CA - Kodak Theatre
Oct. 14-19: Las Vegas, NV - The Aladdin
Oct. 28-Nov. 2: San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
Nov. 4-16: Houston, TX - Hobby Center
Nov. 18-23: Nashville, TN - Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Nov. 25-30: Grand Rapids, MI - DeVos Hall
Dec. 2-7: Hershey, PA - Hershey Theatre
Dec. 9-14: Schenectady, NY - Proctor’s Theatre
Jan. 6-11, 2004: Indianapolis, IN - Murat Performing Arts Center
Jan. 13-Jan. 18, 2004: Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Performing Arts Center
Jan. 20-Feb. 1, 2004: Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center
Feb. 3-8, 2004: Newark, NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Feb. 10-15, 2004: Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
Feb. 17-22, 2004: Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Circus Maximus
Feb. 24-29, 2004: Kalamazoo, MI - Miller Auditorium
March 2-7, 2004: East Lansing, MI - Wharton Center
March 9-14, 2004: Charlotte, NC - Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
March 16-21, 2004: Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
March 23-28, 2004: Greenville, SC - Peace Center
March 30-April 11, 2004: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Performing Arts Center
April 13-18, 2004: Akron, OH - EJ Thomas Hall
April 20-25, 2004: Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
April 28-May 2, 2004: Austin, TX - Bass Performing Arts Center

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