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Broadway smash 'The Full Monty' makes New River Valley debut


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 7, 2005 – Virginia Tech Union Lively Arts presents the national tour of "The Full Monty" for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Burruss Hall Auditorium on the Virginia Tech campus.

Based on the record-breaking 1997 Academy Award-nominated hit of the same name, "The Full Monty" is the raucous and heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers who go to great lengths to make some cash and help out a friend in trouble. When a local male strip show – whose dancers venture down to their G-strings – is a hit with the local women, the cash-strapped factory workers figure they can cash in big time if they go the full Monty.

Four-time Tony Award® winning writer Terrence McNally adapted the screen hit for the stage and added his own unique brand of American comedy to the story. "The show is about friendship, about being a parent," McNally said. "It's also about an image obsessed society that says you have to look like Brad Pitt. This show says quite the opposite. It celebrates everybody for exactly who they are." To help the story feel closer to home, McNally moved it to Buffalo, N.Y., from Sheffield, England, where the original movie took place.

Composer and lyricist David Yazbek, winner of the 2001 Drama Desk Award for his music, explains: "'The Full Monty' is a sports story. It's not about stripping. It's a bunch of guys who get together and form a team. There are ups and downs, and, in the end, they win."

Tickets are available now at the UUSA Ticket Office, located on the first floor of Squires Student Center, by phone at (540) 231-5615, or online and at the door on the night of the performance.

"The Full Monty" is a part of Virginia Tech Union's Lively Arts series and Arts Fusion 2005. The Virginia Tech Union has been providing entertainment for the Virginia Tech and New River Valley communities since 1969.