Kelsey Theatre Goes For "Full Monty" May 30-June 8

5/8/08


When unemployed steelworkers decide on a new line of work -- as exotic dancers -- the resulting hilarity is guaranteed! Join Cheng/Ferrara Productions for the award-winning musical, "The Full Monty," at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, May 30, May 31, June 6 and June 7 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, June 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

"The Full Monty" tells the sympathetic story of six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, New York, whose lives are beset with various personal and financial difficulties. When they observe their wives' enthusiasm for a group of touring exotic male dancers, they decide to make some cash by developing their own male striptease show. The men gain unexpected benefits along the way, as they connect with each other, address their fears, and overcome anxieties and self doubts. Written by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally with music by David Yazbek, the musical is the American adaptation of the 1997 British film by Simon Beaufoy. The show premiered in 2000, playing on Broadway for 770 performances, and was the winner of the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music.

Starring in "The Full Monty" are, clockwise from top left, Andy Mahaney, Brian Meltzer, Michael Schiumo, Fred Gropper, Allwyn L. Baskin, and Nicholas Pecht.

The cast includes Allwyn L. Baskin as Noah "Horse" Simmons, Shannon Ferrara as Joanie Lish, Don Gerecke as Tony Giordano, Edgard A. Garcia as Dance Instructor, Fred Gropper as Harold Nichols, Kristin Heiser as Susan Hershey, Kristin Keenan as Molly MacGregor, Andy Mahaney as Jerry Lukowski, Elizabeth Martiinetti as Pam Lukowski, Brian Meltzer as Malcolm MacGregor, Ransom Meltzer as Nathan Lukowski, Rachel Messler as Estelle Genovese, Keith Nielsen as Teddy Slaughter, Nicholas Pecht as Dave Bukatinsky, Jeffrey Scharf as Reg Willoughby, Michael Schiumo as Ethan Girard, Lynn Shelton as Vicki Nichols, E. Nicole Spadafino as Georgie Bukatinsky, Brigid Trapani as Jeanette Burmeister, and Eric Wishnie as Marty. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Nick Cheng and choreography by Jill Potash.

Tickets for "The Full Monty" are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Note: This show is not recommended for young children.

Tickets are now on sale for the Kelsey Theatre Summer Series. Performances inc
lude "The Taming of the Shrew" from June 27-July 6; "Oliver" from July 11-20; "The Fantasticks" from July 25-Aug. 3; and "Winnie the Pooh" from Aug. 15-Aug. 24. Learn more here.

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