Tony Award-Winning Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Ahmanson Theatre
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The last date listed for Thoroughly Modern Millie was Sunday July 25, 2004 / 2:00pm (closing performance).
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“You hanker for old-style musical romance? Millie’s got that!” —Washington Post
“Bright, funny, entertaining and spectacular.” —London Times
“A crowd-pleasing new Broadway musical.” —New York Times
The winner of six 2002 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on Broadway.
Based on the 1967 Oscar-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes audiences back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns” — including a flapper named Millie Dillmount — were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.
This new stage version features 15 songs, including two from the 1967 film, four standards from the 1920s and nine new songs by Jeanine Tesori.
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Directed by Michael Mayer
Choreographed by Rob AshfordAbout the Star:
Darcie Roberts (Millie Dillmount) is delighted to play this role again after bringing the character to life in the first reading for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s festival of new works. Broadway: Aida (Amneris stand by), Dream (The Ingénue), Crazy For You (Polly, Irene, Tess stand-by). New York: Muriel in On A Clear Dayâ€¦(City Center Encores), Scarlett in The Bubbly Black Girlâ€¦(Playwrights Horizons). Tours: Lola in Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (National Tour Award nomination), Busker Alley (Libby), 42nd Street (Peggy), Aspects of Love. Regional: Funny Girl (Fanny), Evita (Eva), Cabaret (Sally- Indy Award), Baby (Lizzie- Drama Logue Award), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Crazy For You (Polly- Barrymore Award nomination), Ragtime (Mother) among many others. TV: â€œAll My Children,â€ â€œRosie O’Donnell Show,â€ commercials. Darcie is one third of the country/rock trio The Roberts Girls with her sisters Flynn and Rhea and is blissfully married to fellow actor Troy Magino.About the Show:
Manhattan. 1922. Millie Dillmount steps off the train from Salina, Kansas. She’s read books and studied photos in preparation for her new life. The first step? A new look: bobbed hair and a short skirt turn Millie into a modern. Her delight is short-lived when her purse is stolen. Millie calls out for help, but the hustling, bustling New Yorkers pay no attention, so she trips one of them. He’s plenty mad at Millie, taking just enough pity on her to give her the address of a residence for young ladies. He also gives her advice: go back to Kansas, because she’s clearly not Manhattan material. Determined to prove him wrong, she storms off to find the Hotel Priscilla.
A week later, she hasn’t found a job. The girls at the Priscilla are worried because young girls are disappearing all over town. Mrs. Meers, the manager of the hotel, sets their minds at ease: unlike the Priscilla girls, the kidnapping victims are orphans. Relieved, the girls head out on auditions. Only Ethel Peas remains, clutching a telegram informing her of the death of her only remaining relative, leaving Ethel an orphan. Bad news for Ethel, but good news for Mrs. Meers, whose real name is Daisy Crumpler. The Priscilla is a front for her real occupation: kidnapping orphan girls and shipping them into slavery. Two young Chinese immigrants, Ching Ho and Bun Foo, reluctantly act as her henchmen because of her promise to bring their mother to America.
While Mrs. Meers is in her office doping Ethel Peas, Millie returns to the Priscilla, still unemployed. Miss Dorothy Brown, a wealthy orphan, checks in. She and Millie strike up an immediate friendship. Dorothy reveals her dream to be an actress, and Millie reveals her dream to parlay her typing skills into a job for an eligible bachelor, and then marry him.
Later that day, Millie finds her dream boss, a successful bachelor named Trevor Graydon, III. Despite Millie’s attempts to flirt with him, Trevor is interested only in her secretarial skills, which land Millie the job.
Back at the Priscilla, Mrs. Meers lays a trap for Dorothy. She sends a drugged apple to Dorothy’s room, with Ching Ho playing waiter. The moment he lays eyes on Dorothy, Ching Ho can’t go through with it. He’s immediately smitten, so Mrs. Meers takes over. However, her attempts to convince Dorothy to eat the apple are interrupted by girls coming and going.
Millie takes Dorothy and the girls out that night to celebrate her new job. This is the height of Prohibition, when selling alcohol was illegal, and the girls don’t know how to find a speakeasy. Help comes from an unlikely source: the man who Millie tripped after she was mugged. His name is Jimmy Smith, and though he and Millie are cool to each other, he’s impressed by her new confidence. He sneaks them into a nearby speakeasy, where they have their first taste of booze and dance the night away. As the evening progresses, so do Jimmy’s feelings for Millie, and the two them are finding it difficult to resist their growing attraction. The fun comes to a halt when police raid the joint, landing Jimmy and Millie in prison overnight. While everyone sleeps in their cells, Jimmy realizes that he is falling in love with Millie.
The next morning, Jimmy asks Millie out. When she tells him about Trevor, Jimmy is crestfallen. To save face, he insists that his interest in Millie is platonic, and he proves his point by asking her to bring Dorothy along.
For the next few weeks, Millie, Dorothy and Jimmy are inseparable. Jimmy is their guide to New York nightlife, but the topper comes when he wrangles an invitation to a party at the penthouse of a world-famous singer named Muzzy Van Hossmere. The cream of New York society is there, but Jimmy only has eyes for Millie. Alone on Muzzy’s terrace, they argue about her plan to marry her boss, and in the midst of their angry words, they kiss. And what a kiss, enough to make Millie realize that she’s falling in love with him, too. She returns to the Priscilla on a cloud of love, but she’s brought back to earth when, to her astonishment, she sees Jimmy sneaking out of Dorothy’s bedroom.
The next day, at work, Millie slams the phone down whenever Jimmy calls her. She is further aggravated by Dorothy, who drops by after a bad audition. Millie’s day goes from bad to worse when Trevor is immediately captivated by Dorothy’s beauty. Trevor asks Dorothy to dinner, and she accepts; in a few short minutes, Millie has lost her boss/fiance and her best friend.
Jimmy then appears at the window. Lovestruck, he has climbed up twenty stories to the ledge outside Millie’s window, and refuses to leave until she speaks to him. Millie confronts him about his visit to Dorothy’s room, and Jimmy explains that he went there for some advice regarding his love for Millie. Millie can’t help but give in to her feelings: they agree to meet that night for dinner at Cafe Society, where Muzzy will be singing.
That night, Millie and Jimmy come up short for Café Society’s pricey bill. They’re banished to the kitchen, washing dishes to pay for their dinner. Millie is elbow deep in soapsuds when she realizes that life with Jimmy will mean a life she’d hoped to escape by leaving Kansas. She may love him, but to Millie, modern marriage means money. She bolts from the kitchen and into Muzzy’s dressing room. Muzzy convinces Millie that, when it comes to marriage, love is all that matters.
Millie is determined to find Jimmy and make up with him, but she is stopped by a drunken Trevor. Millie is stunned to learn that when Trevor went to the Hotel Priscilla to pick Dorothy up for their date, Mrs. Meers told him that Dorothy had checked out. Jimmy enters, and his joy at finding Millie is overshadowed by his concern for the disappeared Dorothy. It doesn’t take them long to figure out that Mrs. Meers has kidnapped Dorothy and plans to sell her into slavery. Millie devises a plan to save the day.
Muzzy checks into the Priscilla disguised as a new orphan in town. Mrs. Meers sees through Muzzy’s act, so Muzzy goads Mrs. Meers into bragging about her criminal endeavors. Millie, Trevor and Jimmy emerge from their hiding places, where Millie has taken every word of Mrs. Meers’ confession down in shorthand. Who ends up with who? A series of surprise revelations guarantees a thoroughly happy ending for all!