the full monty, the musical

Sat, 2009-11-28 00:32

Saw the musical The Full Monty tonight at Balagan Theatre. A very small theatre, but they had a rotating stage which allowed for some decent scene changes. Jenni and I are very fond of the movie and know it very well, so it was interesting to see how it would translate into a musical set in Buffalo. It's not bad. Reasonably catchy music, and some decent acting.

The thing that makes the film great is editing: the film is extremely tight, and doesn't ever waste time. It is hard to achieve this quality in a musical unless you go the crazy, madcap route (we recently saw Cannibal:The Musical which takes this tack, and it was terrific). As a musical, I thought The Full Monty dragged a little compared to the film, especially in the songs intended to be more poignant.