Among Other Things, Ideas of Race and Perception Interested Michael Mayer in Millie

News   Among Other Things, Ideas of Race and Perception Interested Michael Mayer in Millie What did Michael Mayer find fascinating about directing Thoroughly Modern Millie? Among other things, issues of stereotypes, race and perception, he told Playbill On Line.

What did Michael Mayer find fascinating about directing Thoroughly Modern Millie? Among other things, issues of stereotypes, race and perception, he told Playbill On Line. For the July 9-15 Playbill On-Line Brief Encounter interview, Mayer said, "The idea of perception and race is really interesting to me. The fact that that kind of conversation can happen in what is ostensibly a light-hearted, bland musical comedy, that's really exciting. You've got a scene at the end of Act Two where you've got an African American woman in a blonde wig pretending to be Swedish and confronting a Caucasian woman doing the most grotesque 'Yellowface' that you can imagine. They both represent the powers of good and evil coming at each other. To me, that's just so — wacky. And unexpected. You just don't expect that kind of presentation in a musical comedy. That's exciting — the opportunity to surprise an audience."

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— By Kenneth Jones