Based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, 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 London, the cast features Amanda Holden (pictured), the star of TV’s Cutting It who made her West End debut in the title role, as well as Craig Urbani, Mark McGee, Helen Baker, Sheila Ferguson and Anita Dobson, who took over earlier this year from Maureen Lipman as Millie’s villainous landlady.
The London production also reunited the original Broadway creative team, including director Michael Mayer and designer David Gallow. Thoroughly Modern Millie features new songs by Dick Scanlan (lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music), with a book by Scanlan and Richard Morris.
On Broadway, the musical – which opened in April 2002 at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, where it also closes this month (on 20 June) - and was the big winner at the 2002 Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical. In the UK, it was nominated for numerous prizes, including Best New Musical in both this year’s Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Awards.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is produced by Paul Elliott, Duncan C Weldon and Pat Moylan, with Michael Leavitt, Fox Theatricals and Hal Luftig, Stewart F Lane/Bonnie Comley, Independent Presenters Network.
- by Terri Paddock