Beat the Drums: Bway Millie Is Two Years Old April 18; London and Tour Sill Running

News   Beat the Drums: Bway Millie Is Two Years Old April 18; London and Tour Sill Running
 
Thoroughly Modern Millie celebrates two years on Broadway April 18 at the Marquis Theatre.
Sutton Foster and Marc Kudisch in the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie
Sutton Foster and Marc Kudisch in the original Broadway cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie

The musical comedy by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist and co-librettist Dick Scanlan opened April 18, 2002, and would go on to snag Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Featured Actress, Best Costume Designer, Best Choreographer and Best Orchestrations.

The national tour continues to criss-cross America, and a London production is still singing its heart out.

Title actress Sutton Foster, who became a star in the Michael Mayer-directed show, left Millie earlier this year to be replaced by Susan Egan (Cabaret). Of the original company, principals Angela Christian (Miss Dorothy) and Francis Jue (Bun Foo) continue, as do ensemble folk Gregg Goodbrod, Jessica Grové, JoAnn M. Hunter, Amy Heggins and Alisa Klein.

The company includes Leslie Uggams (as Muzzy), Dixie Carter (as Mrs. Meers), Christian Borle (as Jimmy), Kevin Earley (as Mr. Trevor Graydon), David Rhee (as Ching Ho) Liz McCartney (as Miss Flannery), and Robert M. Armitage, Kevin Bernard, Charlie Brumbly, Megan Campbell, Paul Canaan, Jessica Dillan, Linda Gabler, Shannon Hammons, Tripp Hanson, Leah Horowitz, Davis Kirby, John MacInnis, Joni Michelle, Michelle O'Steen-Vivona, Richard Roland, Emily Rozek, David Spangenthal, Matt Wall and Richard Feng Zhu.

With the April 12 first preview of Caroline, or Change at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Tony-nominated Tesori now has two Broadway musicals playing. Anne L. Nathan and Marc Kudisch, Millie's original Miss Flannery and Mr. Trevor Graydon, are now both appearing in Roundabout Theatre Company's Assassins at Studio 54 on Broadway.

Sutton Foster will play Jo in the new Broadway-bound musical version of Little Women come fall.

Harriet Harris, the original Tony-winning Mrs. Meers, has been appearing in the new TV sitcom, "It's All Relative."

Director Mayer's next project in New York is a revised revival of Arthur Miller's After the Fall.

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