BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in:  Entertainment: Reviews
Front Page 
UK Politics 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Tuesday, 19 March, 2002, 20:54 GMT
The Full Monty: Press views
The Full Monty (picture by Donald Cooper)
The Full Monty has the feel-good factor
Press reviews of The Full Monty

The Independent

The outstanding contribution of the evening is David Yazbek's double-whammy as the composer/lyricist. The show has all the oomph and blue-collar balls of West Side Story but it dispenses with the high-falutin' idiom Bernstein felt obliged to inflict on the love story. The Full Monty is raunchy and real all the way down to the posing pouch. I saw Jack O'Brien's production on Broadway and all I can say is that there must be something in the air in London. On this side of the pond, a great production has turned into a quite outstanding one.

The Guardian

This is a show that's both butt-wiggling and emancipated. It's funny; it is, unlike almost every other musical, not retro but set in a non-posh present. In the least obtrusive of ways, it's a feminist show (which is to say, also on the side of downtrodden men). It goes to the hearts of its audience in a way that no new musical has since Mamma Mia!

The Sunday Times

Broadway energy, plus a lot of laughter and our own Dora Bryan as a fey-seeming pianist with a bold tongue, is what the show delivers. I'm pretty sure that McNally also wants us to think about gender politics - here's a topsy-turvy Buffalo in which men do the washing, women invade male loos, and gay love emerges out of macho bonding - but even that subject is more likely to tickle the public's armpits than furrow its brows.

The plain truth is that The Full Monty is as enjoyable a musical as London now offers.

The Daily Telegraph

The much-loved low-budget British film gets a Broadway makeover, and though there are undeniable losses - most notably in irony and understated grittiness - there is no doubt that the show has the feelgood factor in spades. The show has heart, humour and, of course, a titillation factor that should ensure good business for months to come.

London Evening Standard

The artfully illuminated moment of total nudity lasts a mere flash of a second. You see next to nothing. So this amusing, audacious Broadway hit, deftly directed by Jack O'Brien, and with several stings in the tail, makes a mockery of our wish to be voyeurs. And even though David Yazbek's medium-hard rock music leave few memories, The Fully Monty remains a beautifully acted evening of subversive pleasure.

The Full Monty
"The story works just as well in the Buffalo context"
See also:

15 Mar 02 | Reviews
Full Monty gets American makeover
15 Mar 02 | Reviews
The Full Monty: Your views
27 Nov 01 | Showbiz
Queen sees royal Full Monty
22 Apr 01 | Film
Full Monty tops online poll
21 Sep 01 | Showbiz
Broadway makes further cuts
27 Oct 00 | Entertainment
The Full Monty wows Broadway
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Reviews stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Reviews stories