Soon musical theatre lovers across the country can groove to the sounds of "Big-Ass Rock."
The Full Monty cast features Jason Danieley, John Ellison Conlee, Patrick Wilson, Annie Golden, Emily Skinner, Andre De Shields, Romain Fruge, Marcus Neville, Kathleen Freeman and Lisa Datz. Wilson (Bright Lights, Big City, Fascinatin' Rhythm) stars as Jerry Lukowski (the Robert Carlyle role in the film) -- the brains behind the amateur strippers -- who desperately wants to keep his son while earning some major cash.
Also with The Full Monty company are Nicholas Cutro, Thomas M. Fiss, Jay Douglas, Laura Marie Duncan, Angelo Fraboni, Denis Jones, Jannie Jones, Liz McConahay, Sue-Anne Morrow, Jason Opsahl, Patti Perkins, Jimmy Smagula, C.E. Smith, Matthew Stocke, Todd Weeks and Ronald Wyche.
"The Full Monty" was the surprise low-budget hit of 1997 with Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and wins with Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score. The movie told of six average-looking British men who decide to star in a strip show to raise money in their economical depressed mill town (The term "the full monty" means to take something to the fullest - in the case of the strippers, that means to get completely naked). Ironically, the movie ended just as the gents braved "the full monty" to a club filled with the town's populace. Bookwriter Terrence McNally and Yazbek, however, opted to change the locale of the piece, moving it to Buffalo, New York from Sheffield, England. They have also added a few characters: a gorgeous gay stripper (Jones) who beats the stuffing out of homophobic Jerry (Wilson), and the guys' rehearsal pianist, Jeanette (Freeman), whose shining moment is "Jeanette's Showbiz Number." The show began life at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in early summer; reviews were quite positive and audiences downright enthusiastic.
Songs in the score include ""Scrap," "It's a Woman's World," "Man," "Big-Ass Rock," "Life With Harold," "Big Black Man," "You Rule My World," "Michael Jordan's Ball," "Breeze Off the River," "The Goods," "You Walk With Me," "You Rule My World (Reprise)" and "Let It Go."
This will not be Yazbek's first time on record nor his first time producing. The pop songwriter has produced for XTZ, Space Hog and the late Tito Puente, while opening as a singer-songwriter for the acts Verve Pipe, the Samples and Ben Folds Five. His albums include "The Laughing Man," named Pop Album of the Year by NAIRD/AFIM, and 1998's "Tock."
The Full Monty is his first musical theatre score.