Theater: Stripped Bare

A hit film loses something on the way to Broadway

The Full Monty, the hit 1997 British film about unemployed steelworkers who put together a strip act to make money, was a charming, understated comedy spiced with terrific '70s music. Sex, songs, unemployment--well, two out of three ain't bad if you're looking for material for a Broadway hit. And, judging by the audience cheers and the giddy reviews, Broadway's new Full Monty seems likely to be one.

Go figure. The transition from screen to stage has buried most of the movie's charms. The setting has been switched from Sheffield, England, to Buffalo, N.Y., and the steel-girder sets are drably unmemorable....

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