Get ready to see THE FULL MONTY on Venice Theatre’s MainStage; The hit Broadway musical returns to the area for the month of November

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Get ready to see THE FULL MONTY on Venice Theatre’s MainStage

The hit Broadway musical returns to the area for the month of November


(Venice, Florida)  Venice Theatre is proud to unveil the second show of its 2014-2015 MainStage Season: The Full Monty. The hit musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Terrence McNally, opens Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays with the exception of the Saturday show on Nov. 29 which is at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Thanksgiving. Tickets are $28 for adults, $13-$15 for students and are on sale now at the theatre’s box office located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice, online at or by phone at 941-488-1115. The Full Monty is generously sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


Nominated for a Tony for Best Musical after it opened on Broadway in 2000, The Full Monty is based on the 1997 movie of the same name which took place in England. The Broadway musical is Americanized, moving the action to Buffalo, NY. It tells the story of six steelworkers who are out of work and out of prospects. After seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a group of professional male strippers, they hatch a plan to present their own strip show at a local club. Throughout their rehearsals and preparations, trying to keep secret what they’re doing, they learn to lean on each other and depend upon the camaraderie of the group to pull it off.


Although The Full Monty is a bawdy show with adult language and situations – including tastefully staged and fleeting male nudity – audiences should find it to be an innocent, even tender, story. Thomas Burke of Talkin’ Broadway said of the original Broadway production, “The main reason Monty works so well is that we come to love these guys; after all, we know people just like them in our own lives.”


Director/Choreographer Brad Wages and Music Director Michelle Kasanofsky lead a cast combined of familiar Venice Theatre actors and new faces, including the first crop of acting interns participating in a program sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


If the success of Venice Theatre’s 2007 production of the Full Monty is any indication (it sold at 98% capacity), ticket buyers should plan to purchase early.


Again, tickets for The Full Monty and all Venice Theatre shows and events through June 2015 are available at the box office at 941-488-1115 or online at  Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and one hour before all performances.





The Full Monty

Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the Motion Picture Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Uberto Pasolini, and directed by Peter Cattaneo



Production Team


Director /Choreographer – Brad Wages

Music Director – Michelle Kasanofsky

Stage Manager – Sue Brennan

Technical Director – John Michael Andzulis

Scenic and Lighting Designer – Ryan Mueller

Costume Designer – Nicholas Hartman

Sound Designer – Dorian Boyd





Jerry Lukowski – James Bock
Nathan Lukowski – Nathan Oss
Pam Lukowski – Rhonda Sudik
Teddy Slaughter – Mark Richardson
Dave Bukatinsky – Rik Robertson
Georgie Bukatinsky – Cara Herman
Harold Nichols – Joseph Giglia
Vicki Nichols – Kim Kollar
Malcolm MacGregor – Brian Graziani
Ethan Girard – Mark Vincent Mansilungan
Noah (Horse) T. Simmons – Edwin Watson
Jeanette Burmeister – Lynne Buhle
Buddy (Keno) Walsh – Patrick Tancey
Estelle Genovese – Lisa Revis


Ensemble: Carroll Hunter, David Watson, Linda Mangold, Charlie Kollar, Charlotte Crowley, Angela Benardo, Pat Dalaku, Timothy Chastain


Note: PUBLICITY PHOTOS will be sent next week.



Tickets: 941-488-1115

Venice Theatre’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The second-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave .on the island in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events.  Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.

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