Baron Takes Over for 12 Weeks Only in Full MontyDate: 10 June 2002
British television star Lynda Baron will join the West End cast of Broadway musical The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales theatre. For 12 weeks only from tonight, 10 June, to 31 August 2002, Baron takes over the role of Jeanette Burmeister from Dora Bryan who is leaving temporarily to fulfil filming commitments.
Baron is probably best known for playing opposite Ronnie Barker as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the hit TV series Open All Hours. Her other television credits include Goodnight Sweetheart, Peak Practice, and Sunburn, while on stage, she has previously been seen in West End productions of Stepping Out, Follies and Little Me.
The stage musical, based on the British film of the same name, concerns a group of blue-collar men who resort to stripping to pay the rent. The Full Monty musical is the creation of American book writer Terrence McNally and first-time theatrical composer David Yazbek. They have made substantial changes in the adaptation to the new medium, including the addition of several characters, new dance numbers, new songs, and most controversially, the transatlantic move of the locale. While the film original was set in Sheffield, England, the stage action occurs in the American city of Buffalo, New York.
The West End production of The Full Monty is staged and designed by the entire original Broadway creative team, including director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. It currently features Broadway principals including Jarrod Emick (as Jerry Lukowski), Andre De Shields (Noah 'Horse' T Simmons) and John Ellison Conlee (Dave Bukatinsky). New casting details are expected shortly.
Peter Cattaneo's 1997 film The Full Monty - which starred Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Hugo Speer - became one of Britain's biggest ever hits, garnering six Oscar nominations in addition to international acclaim.
The Full Monty opened in London on 12 March 2002 (previews from 27 February) and is currently booking up to 8 March 2003.