What's Hot in New York: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie opened at the Marquis Theatre on April 18th 2002 it is winner of six Tony Awards including best musical and five Drama Desk Awards also including best musical.

Based on the 1967 Oscar award-winning film, THOUROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is the story of a young girl from Kansas who comes to New York City in search of a new life for herself in the Roaring '20's. THOUROGHLY MODERN MILLIE takes audiences back to a Manhattan at the height of the Jazz Age when women were just beginning to enter the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.

 

Though based on the movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE  is a new musical. Of the 18 songs in the show, only three are from the 1967 film and those include all-new orchestrations and arrangements (several also include new music and lyrics). Four songs are standards from the 1920's and eleven are new songs by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Dick Scanlan (lyrics).

"Millie Dillmount has arrived in New York City from a small town in Kansas determined to become, thoroughly modern. This means bobbing her hair, wearing short skirts, drinking illegal booze, and-most important-marrying her boss, the richer the better. She takes up residence at the Hotel Priscilla, most of whose inhabitants are young wannabe actresses, and the proprietress Mrs. Meers, who wears kimonos and speaks with a thick Japanese accent. There's something fishy about her, and it turns out that she's involved in a white slavery ring, assisted by Chinese immigrants Ching Ho and Bun Foo, who work in the laundry room.


"Millie, a crackerjack stenographer, quickly lands a job at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company, working forthe wealthy and movie-star handsome Trevor Graydon III. She sets her sights on him, but she's distracted by Jimmy Smith, who was the first New Yorker she bumped into when she first arrived in town. Meanwhile, Millie's pal, the prim but well-heeled Miss Dorothy Brown, seems to be involved somehow with Jimmy as well; and she's Mrs. Meers' prime candidate for the white slavers because she's an orphan, and therefore won't be missed when she's kidnapped. There's also Muzzy Van Hossmere, the rich and beautiful singing star, who for some reason is a friend of Jimmy's and quickly becomes Millie's, too... Want to know more go see the show.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a thoroughly fun romp full of lighthearted singing, dancing, intrigue and laughs.

Starring Sutton Foster as Millie, Leslie Uggams as Muzzy Von Hossmere, Terry Burrell as Mrs. Meers, Christian Borle as Jimmy Smith, Angela Christiansen as Miss Dorothy Brown, Ben Davis as Trevor Graydon, Davis Rhee as Ching Ho and Francis Jue as Bun Foo. Book by Richard Morris, directed by Dick Scanlan, musical direction by Michael Rafter and choreography by Rob Ashford.

Running Time: 2 1/2 hours with intermission
Marquis, 1535 Broadway, (45th/46th Sts), 212-307-4100
Ticket Prices: $60-$100.

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