Dreamcast: Our Ultimate The Full Monty Broadway Revival
October 26th, 2017
by Josh Ferri
David Yazbek is the toast of the town thanks to his new Broadway musical The Band’s Visit, but 17 years ago, Yazbek opened his first musical, the Tony-nominated adaptation of The Full Monty.
Unfortunately, it opened opposite The Producers and so it never got the credit it deserved—though the musical does have its ardent fans (this office included!). David has said he’s ready for a revival, and what better time to dreamcast that revival than the anniversary of the original’s opening night? Scroll on as Bbox imagines The Full Monty now. (If you don’t know the original, this opening number sets up the characters pretty well so you won’t be lost.)
Ben Walker as Jerry Lukowski
He's funny, he's sexy, he's edgy and angry—and like the original Full Monty, he still has yet to receive his proper due on Broadway.
James Corden as Dave Bukatinsky
The Tony winner and late night talk show host brings the marquee name to the proceedings and anyone who saw his One Man Two Guvnors knows he can truly do anything.
Jay Armstrong Johnson as Malcolm MacGregor
This one is tough—there are so many young soaring tenors who could break your heart as the suicidal, meek Malcolm—but Jay could bring you to tears with his "You Walk with Me" but also rock out hard on "Big Ass Rock". If his Malcolm is half as endearing as his Chip, we're good.
Wayne Brady as Noah "Horse" T. Simmons
Stage and screen star Wayne Brandy would stop the show with "Big Black Man". This role takes a lot of charisma and Wayne's got the goods. (Though tbqh, André De Shields could still play this and I'd be good.)
Bobby Conte Thornton as Ethan Girard
The other half of the love story, Ethan has to be charming and good looking. He's someone who continues to dance up the walls Singin' in the Rain style despite his constant failure. It takes a sharp performer to make dumb and lovable really work.
Michael Park as Harold Nichols
The Emmy-winning Dear Evan Hansen dad would be make Harold and his struggles super relatable. He could play successful without playing too uptight—and he could land all those jokes.
Lesli Margherita as Vicki Nichols
This is a no-brainer. Just imagine the Olivier winner salsa dancing around the stage belting about "Life with Harold". Laughs upon laughs.
Lillias White as Jeanette Burmeister
Orfeh as Georgie Bukatinsky
Rebecca Naomi Jones as Pam Lukowski
True, she wouldn't get a fierce song but it's a lot of good book scenes and we know the Significant Other star would nail 'em.