GIMMIE, GIMMIE!!! The beloved 2002 Tony winning smash hit Thoroughly Modern Millie is celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary since it’s Broadway Debut with reunion concert featuring the original Broadway cast next month February 12th, 2018 at the Minskoff Theatre at 7:30pm. This one night only concert is to benefit The Actors Fund (the non for profit organization helping those in need in the world of Entertainment and the Arts).
Expecting to appear in this one night only concert of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE will include….
The musical’s breakout Tony winning star Sutton Foster as the title role of the young Kansas girl who moves to NYC to marry for wealth herself, “Millie Dillimount”,
This past year’s Tony winner Gavin Creel as the love interest “Jimmy Smith”,
The show’s Tony winning scene stealer Harriet Harris as the wicked hotel owner “Mrs. Meers”,
Broadway favorite Marc Kudisch as the insurance job boss “Trevor Graydon III”,
Frances Jue, as sidekick “Bun Foo”,
Broadway favorite Megan McGinnis as the beloved BFF and aspiring actress with a dream “Miss Dorothy Brown”,
Anne L Nathan as the head stenographer ” Miss Peg Flannery”,
and Tony winning legend Sheryl Lee Ralph as the acclaimed jazz singer “Muzzy van Hossmere”.
This concert will also reunite the original creative team including the show’s director Tony winner Michael Mayer, choreographer by Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer) and the show’s music director and conductor Maestro Michael Rafter.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE features a score by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan with a book by Scanlan and Richard Morris. It’s based on the acclaimed 1967 film of the same name (which several songs from the original film were also in the show).
The musical was originally conceived in 1999 by Tony winner Michael Mayer. Following 3 years and readings and workshops, the show had it’s world premiere run at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California. Originally Kristin Chenoweth was cast to play “Millie” following having created the role in the readings and workshops. However, she dropped out due to work on her short lived NBC sitcom KRISTIN. Broadway veteran Erin Dilly replaced Chenoweth for the world premiere run. However prior to the first preview performance, Dilly got extremely sick and dropped out of the show. Meanwhile, Sutton Foster (originally cast in the Ensemble and served as Dilly’s understudy) was plucked from the chorus to the starring role. From there, Foster wowed the sold out crowd and a star was born. The musical became Foster’s signature show.
Following the success of the La Jolla run, the show officially arrived on Broadway in 2002 at the Marquis Theatre for 935 performances total. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards that year winning 6 including Best Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical (which became the first ever for Sutton Foster).
Following the success of it’s original run on Broadway, the show went on to become a worldwide hit. Today, the show is a popular choice for schools, community, and regional theatres everywhere.
Who is excited to Charleston and celebrate 15 years of this beloved musical comedy?!!
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