There’s much ado about guys stripping down to barely nada in The Full Monty, but then you knew that. This likable musical, which debuted 14 years ago at the Old Globe Theatre, can be enjoyed multiple times, and it’s a snap to find folks who’ve done just that. Currently, The Full Monty’s at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad, under the direction of Manny Fernandes. This Monty gyrates to the choreography of Michael Mizerany, while an ensemble distinguished by Grant Rosen as hard-luck dad Jerry and Rovin Jay as surprisingly spry “Horse” revels in Terrence McNally and David Yazbek’s story and songs about half a dozen unlikely dance-and-strip boys. “Big Black Man,” “Michael Jordan’s Ball” and the duds-doffing finale “Let It Go” have the show’s female characters howling -- and more than a few in the audience as well. Some of the cultural references are dated, and The Full Monty’s ballads lean toward sappy, but there’s no denying the PG-13 appeal.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat