Monday, November 24, 2008

Broadway Monday

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Millie Dillmount escapes to New York City from Salina, Kansas determined to marry her wealthy boss — whoever he may be. Bobbing her hair and assuming the modern look of a "flapper," she takes a room at the Hotel Priscilla for Women and gets a job as a stenographer at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. Thus begins the tale of many love triangles, misunderstandings, revelations and eventually the reconciling of Millie to the fact that love, not money, is a vital ingredient in a marriage. The show was based on the 1967 musical film of the same name starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing.
Millie opened at the Marquis Theatre in Times Square on April 18th 2002 and ran for 903 performances fetching six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume, and Best Choreography.
Interestingly enough, the fabulous Sutton Foster was originally cast in the chorus for this show and was quite literally plucked out to become the lead role after Kristen Chenowith bowed out to launch her own sitcom. Sutton went on to win the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical that year. (Kristen's sitcom was cancelled after 6 episodes, but Galinda from Wicked was waiting around the corner!)
Hit pause and enjoy the Tony performance preceding Sutton's big win!

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