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The big dif­fer­ence is that it’s been re­lo­cated from Sh­effield, Eng­land to Buf­falo, New York. The six men are still steel work­ers, though. A lot of the char­ac­ters are drawn the same way. (Openly gay play­wright) Ter­ence McNally has added the char­ac­ter of Jeanette, a show­biz type who ac­com­pa­nies the re­hearsals. She was not in the film and she is a great ad­di­tion—very funny, very dry. She gives some bal­ance to the male to fe­male ra­tio.

“The Full Monty” had some bad luck at the Tonys the year it premiered.

It was nom­i­nated for a bunch of Tonys but “The Pro­duc­ers” pretty much swept that year. It was a shame. “The Full Monty” could have got­ten a lot more recog­ni­tion an­other year.

Tell us about the gay char­ac­ters.

One of the sur­pris­ing things in the film and the mu­si­cal is that we find out late in the show about the two char­ac­ters (Mal­colm, played by J. Koby Parker and Ethan, played by Haden Rider) and their dis­cov­ery of each other is very sweet. I think it will take a lot of

‘The Full Monty’

the au­di­ence by sur­prise. It’s treated in such a won­der­ful way, though. It makes a state­ment about find­ing love. One of the most beau­ti­ful songs is when Mal­colm at­tends his mother’s fu­neral and he gets car­ried away and emo­tional. Ethan steps in and fin­ishes the song with him. It’s a lovely, sub­tle mo­ment, and the other men that are part of the strip act are sup­port­ive of that.

This is a rather bold show for Cobb County, wouldn’t you say, with gay con­tent and nu­dity?

It’s go­ing to be sur­pris­ing to some of the au­di­ences, but the char­ac­ters are so charm­ing I think they’ll love it. When we get to that mo­ment, the full monty it­self, there is a light shift. It’s kind of like Gypsy Rose Lee. It’s more about what you think you’re go­ing to see than what you do.

The men of ‘The Full Monty’ sing out their hearts and pants in At­lanta Lyric The­ater pro­duc­tion. (Pub­lic­ity photo)

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