The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's upcoming production of The Full Monty is supposed to involve "six steel workers who bare it all." So the obvious question for director Alan Osburn is, "Will we really get the full monty?"
Unfortunately, he gives the obvious answer for a director who wants a full house: "I think you're going to have to come see it yourself."
Perhaps the title British slang for "the whole shebang" sets the musical up to be nothing but an all-male revue. At its heart, however, Terrence McNally's adaptation of the 1997 Brit film is about six Buffalo, N.Y., men who are unemployed and desperate and feel they have nothing to live for. They don't want to strip, but they need to make money, and, Osburn says, "up until the very last scene, they're still on the fence as to whether they're going to do this or not."
The audience follows their transformative journey, and at the FAC it will happen with a live eight-piece band in the pit and a set that Osburn says is "massive," bigger than the set that Broadway used.
"It goes wall to wall and front to back, including a car," he says, adding that even though he's cut a couple scene changes, you'll still see 29 of them.
Osburn thinks this musical might jar many theater patrons who know the FAC as the area's mainstream musical theater house. The Full Monty, needless to say, is not Oklahoma! or My Fair Lady.
"When people think of the FAC, it's like expensive food that's a really small portion," Osburn says. "What we're trying to work on is to circle back to the mission statement [of the FAC], which really talks about diversity and trying to reach a variety of audiences."
Like the kind that fancies Chippendales shows?
"These guys are not cut," he says. "You're not going to see any six-packs."
Packs? Weren't we talking packages?