As previously tipped (See The Goss, 27 Feb 2003), the multi award-winning Broadway hit Thoroughly Modern Millie will receive its West End premiere this autumn. It is now confirmed to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 21 October 2003, following previews from 11 October.

Based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, the nostalgic musical comedy is set in 1920s New York where recent arrival-from-Kansas Millie Dillmount is determined to bob her hair, dance to jazz, get a job and marry her boss - all in the modern fashion.

In addition to period tunes and songs from the film, Thoroughly Modern Musical features new numbers by Dick Scanlan (lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music), with a book by Scanlan and Richard Morris. The musical opened in April 2002 at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, where it continues to play, and was the big winner at the 2002 Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for newcomer Sutton Foster in the title role.

Though London casting has not yet been confirmed, British television actress Amanda Holden - whose credits include the series Cutting It - is lined up to make her West End debut as Millie (See The Goss, 5 May 2003). The production will also reunite the original Broadway creative team, including director Michael Mayer and designer David Gallow.

Prior to the transfer of Thoroughly Modern Musical, the Shaftesbury Theatre will house the UK touring revival of Calamity Jane, starring Toyah Willcox. At the end of an extensive UK tour, the Wild West musical comedy opens on 26 June 2003 (previews 12 June) at the Shaftesbury, where it continues its limited season to 20 September.

NOTE: Booking for Thoroughly Modern Millie has not yet opened.

- by Terri Paddock