Get ready for a madcap tour of 1920s New York. Small town girl Millie Dillmount has come to the Big Apple with the aim of landing herself a rich husband. Instead she's swept up in a shady world of flappers, speakeasies and white slavery syndicates. Meanwhile her marriage plans are inconvenienced when she finds herself attracted to a penniless paper clip salesman. Oh well, no one ever said being thoroughly modern was going to be easy! Enjoy this sparkling homage to the Jazz Age by treating yourself to some Thoroughly Modern Millie tickets at StubHub.
The making of Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thoroughly Modern Millie started out as a Julie Andrews movie, which was nominated for seven Oscars upon its release in 1967. Like Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, it was a 1920s pastiche, mixing authentic tunes from the period with new songs written in the same style. The stage version kept the screwball comedy and manic plot, but has an entirely new score composed by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek the Musical) and with lyrics by Dan Scanlan. Premiering on Broadway in 2002, the show achieved an impressive two-year run, collecting no less than six Tony Awards along the way including Best Musical and Best Actress for the then little-known Sutton Foster (Younger), who went from understudy to overnight sensation in the lead role. In 2003 Thoroughly Modern Millie made its West End debut with Amanda Holden (Britain's Got Talent) and Maureen Lipman (Loose Women) headlining. It earned three nods at that year's Olivier Awards and led to a successful UK tour.
Thoroughly Modern Millie's composer
Jeanine Tesori is a rare example of a female composer who has made it on Broadway. She began by creating arrangements for several off-Broadway revivals before hitting it big with Thoroughly Modern Millie. In 2008 she had another great success with Shrek the Musical, which received multiple Tony and Olivier Award nominations and has since been staged in over twenty countries. In 2011 she and her lyricist Lisa Kron made history when they became the first female duo to win the Tony Award for Best Musical for Fun Home, a show adapted from an autobiographical graphic novel by gay cartoonist Alison Bechdel. In addition, she has collaborated on several high profile projects with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in Americaa). Tesori has also worked as a composer of film scores, writing soundtracks for Shrek the Third and the Richard Gere movie Nights in Rodanthe.