WHAT’S UP BROADWAY FANS?! We are just 15 days away till Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the 71st Annual Tony Awards. We have more exciting showstopping performances on our TOP 30 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN.
At # 15, we take you back in time to New York City in the year 1922 where a small town girl moves to the big city to live in the “modern” flapper lifestyle, have a successful career, and unexpectedly finds love. This is Thoroughly Modern Millie. It 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).
From the 2002 telecast, Tony winner Sutton Foster in her breakout performance as “Millie Dillimount” and the cast perform a medley of the Act 2 opener FORGET ABOUT THE BOY before the full cast comes on to perform the finale reprise of the show’s title song.
THOROGHLY MODERN MILLIE 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 show officially arrived on Broadway in 2002 at the Marquis Theatre for 935 performances total. The cast starred Sutton Foster (later Tony nominee Susan Egan) as “Millie Dillimount”, Future Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee (again this year) Gavin Creel as “Jimmy Smith”, Tony winner Harriet Harris (later Delta Burke and Dixie Carter) as “Mrs. Meers”, and Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph (later Leslie Uggams) as “Muzzy”. The musical 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.
Doesn’t this show make you want to tap dance and Charleston?!!
Forget About The Boy – Thoroughly Modern Millie – 2002 Tony Awards
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