It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
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"THE FULL MONTY" NOW BOOKING TO 6 SEP 03
A new booking period for The Full Monty has gone on sale today covering performances from 10 Mar 03 to 6 Sep 03.
The show opened in March this year to good notices from most of the popular press: THE TIMES says, "The plain truth is that The Full Monty is as enjoyable a musical as London now offers." DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The Full Monty is a wonderfully welcome reminder of the sheer pleasure of musical comedy at its best." THE INDEPENDENT says, "Hats (and the rest) off for a fired-up, feel-fabulous show."
The musical is based on the successful British comedy film of the same name. The Broadway musical is set in Buffalo New York, a steel town, which shares a similar history with Sheffield, where the film was set.
It tells the story of six unemployed working-class men who form a male strip act to help restore their confidence. Their gimmick is that they will show 'the full monty,' i.e., they will strip completely naked.
The cast includes Ben Richards (Jerry), Paul Keating (Ethan), Cornell John (Noah), David Ganly (Dave), Samuel James (Malcolm) and Tony Timberlake (Harold).
Ben Richards' West End credits include 'Tony Manero' in the London Palladium production of "Saturday Night Fever". He has also appeared in "Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe".
Paul Keating's West End credits include the title role in "Tommy" at the Shaftesbury Theatre, "La Cava" at the Victoria Palace and Piccadilly Theatres and most recently starred as 'Straight Dave' in "Closer To Heaven" at the Arts Theatre.
Cornell John has recently played 'Mufasa' in "The Lion King" at the Lyceum Theatre.
David Ganly recently appeared in the Tricycle Theatre production of "The Cavalcaders" and Stephen Pimlott's production of "Dr Dolittle" at the Apollo Hammersmith. And he created the role of 'Father Walsh' in Martin McDonagh's "The Lonesome West".
Samuel James played in the West End production of "Miss Saigon" and the national tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar".
Tony Timberlake's West End roles include 'Thenardier' in "Les Miserables", 'Gus' , 'Growtiger' and 'Bustopher Jones' in "Cats" and he was in the Donmar Warehouse production of "Into the Woods".
The cast also includes Lynda Baron as 'Jeanette', along with Julie-Alanah Brighten, Andrew Brooke, Cavin Cornwall, Nadine Cox, Tricia Deighton, Jacqui Dubois, Julian Essex-Spurrier, Alex Gaumond, Matthew Hudson, Steve Judkins, Sion Lloyd, Andy Mace, Gina Murray, Kate Pinell, Rohan Reckord, Donna Steele, Rebecca Thornhill, Tara Wilkinson.
The show has a book by Terrence McNally and music & lyrics by David Yazbek. It is directed by Jack O'Brien, designed by John Arnone with lighting by Howell Binkley. Choreography is by Jerry Mitchell and costumes by Bob Morgan.