Chip Deffaa
January 05, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Original Broadway Cast: The Full Monty

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Soundtracks

We gave it a B

David Yazbek is a most welcome rarity: a new Broadway musical-comedy songwriter who can write funny. His wonderfully evocative, spirited tunes (”Jeanette’s Showbiz Number,” delivered with panache by Kathleen Freeman) and deft parody of Carly Simon (”Big Ass Rock”) are delights. His ballads aren’t as memorable. This cast album captures only some of the charm of the season’s first Broadway hit (whose heartfelt book by Terrence McNally is a prime asset), but its freshness augurs well for Yazbek’s career.

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