Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Previewed 11 October 2003, opened 21 October 2003, closed 26 June 2004 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

Based on the 1967 Oscar winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie is the story of Millie, a young girl from Kansas who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself in the 'Roaring 20's'. She has a plan - to get a good job as a secretary to a very rich man, and then marry him. Of course nothing quite goes according to plan - the owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her very rich boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the guy she actually falls in love with is as poor as a church mouse.

The cast for Thoroughly Modern Millie in London stars Amanda Holden as 'Millie', Sheila Ferguson as 'Muzzy' and Maureen Lipman as 'Mrs Meers' with Craig Urbani as 'Trevor' and Helen Baker as 'Dorothy'. Sheila Ferguson West End credits include Always the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1997.

Great show stopping numbers and fabulous dance routines, together with hilarious kidnap sequences makes this a great night out at the theatre. Millie is suitable for all ages. The New York Broadway producion of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Marquis Theatre won 6 'Tony' Awards including 'Best Musical' for 2002!

"Thoroughly Modern Millie comes into the West End from Broadway garnered with laurels, having scooped six Tony Awards in 2002, including the coveted Best Musical. With its half a million quid's worth of absolutely fabulous frocks, it evokes Manhattan at the height of the Jazz Age, but, sadly, with barely a memorable tune but for the title number. Pity you can't sing the costumes. Amanda Holden makes her West End debut, tapping and flapping with a low-key sweetness into the title role... Her very pretty smile never slips, nor does she blind us, Broadway-style, with teeth and cheesy cheeriness, but she projects little personality and her voice, though competent, lacks any flavour except for something vaguely synthetic... Maureen Lipman, however, really motors in the part of weird Mrs Meers, who runs a hotel for young ladies which is really a front for the white slave trade. 'Just give me the right wig and I can play anything,' she says. And she can, slipping hilariously from a preposterous Chinese accent into rasping New York." The Mail on Sunday

"Broadway never ceases to amaze. Last year Thoroughly Modern Millie, a stage adaptation of the old Julie Andrews movie, won a fistful of awards, including the Tony for Best Musical. Now audiences at the Shaftesbury Theatre can sit back and try to work out why. It's not that the show is without merit. It is amiable enough; in a number of departments it offers undoubted displays of skill. But it completely lacks magic, or whatever ingredient it is that transforms simple nonsense into delicious nonsense... Much the best performances of the evening come from Helen Baker as Millie's goody-goody friend, sporting a big straw hat and Mary Pickford curls, and Craig Urbani as Millie's rugged, clean-cut boss. They both plainly revel in the absurdity of their roles... Also on the credit side, there are some good dance-numbers, attractive costumes by Martin Pakledinaz and agreeable sets by David Gallo." The Sunday Telegraph

Thoroughly Modern Millie in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre previewed from 11 October 2003, opened on 21 October 2003 and closed on 26 June 2004.

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