The Broadway-bound stage version of the 1967 musical film, Thoroughly Modern Millie, will begin its journey to the Rialto this fall at an as-yet-undisclosed, out-of-town location. Director Michael Mayer (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Side Man) told Playbill On- Line that a number of cities are being considered for the tryout. No cast has been announced for the musical.
Millie will undergo a workshop in New York City May 17-June 26. Mayer directs the piece, David Marquez choreographs and Michael Rafter is musical direction.
A spokesperson for FOX Theatricals told PBOL (April 22) that composer Jeanine Tesori would be composing additional songs from that era for the musical, in addition to retaining certain songs from the original score.
Tesori's latest work, The Last Picture Show with Ain and David Gordon, opens in May at CA's American Conservatory Theatre. She's known primarily for her award-winning musical Violet, and her "water music" for last year's Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night.
Millie is being produced by Michael Levitt, Fox Theatricals and actress and sometime Broadway performer Whoopi Goldberg (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). No casting has been announced for the workshop. The show's libretto will be based on the Richard Morris screenplay and penned by Morris and Dick Scanlan, an editor at Poz magazine. (Morris died in 1997 after completing work on the script with Scanlon.)
Broadway powerhouse Mayer currently has three of his shows running on the Great White Way: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Side Man and The Lion in Winter.