Musical of the Month: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Julia Stanski, Editor

(Jeanine Tesori, Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris)

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A thoroughly enjoyable show full of flappers, tap dancing, true love and human trafficking, this sweet and snappy musical tells the story of a small-town girl with big dreams who comes to New York City in the 1920s. Millie Dillmount is determined to achieve her slightly misguided ambition of being a ‘modern woman’ by marrying for money, but destiny and a certain young man by the name of Jimmy Smith disrupt her carefully laid plans.
A smart and funny libretto and fantastic music won this production six Tonys in 2002, including Best Musical. It also featured a then-unknown Sutton Foster in the title role, now one of the biggest stars on Broadway.   The well-written script looks at ambition, pragmatism and the complexity of relationships, but has so much fun with it you’ll barely notice.  Some highlights include ‘Forget About the Boy’, the epic and empowering tap number that opens Act 2, ‘They Don’t Know’, a delightfully evil soliloquy from the villain,  and ‘Gimme Gimme’, Millie’s show-stopping diva moment and epiphany that she really does want love and not money.

Stylized but substantial, fun without being fluff, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is an excellent and accessible show with no shortage of charm.

PS: Guess what? There’s a great opportunity coming up for you to see this show live!! Our drama department’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” runs December 9-11 at La Cite Francophone theatre; don’t miss it!

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