Thoroughly Modern Millie, that modern '20s flapper, will finally be settling down on Broadway Nov. 15, at a Nederlander theatre yet to be announced, a spokesman confirmed.
Previews for the new stage musical comedy, inspired by the 1967 movie musical that starred Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore, will begin in October. Sutton Foster (Les Miserables) is expected to play Millie, as she did in the tryout at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in fall 2000. Angela Christian (James Joyce's The Dead) has been mentioned to play Miss Dorothy, but no official casting announcement has been made for the tuner by composer Jeanine Tesori (Violet), lyricist Dick Scanlan and librettists Richard Morris and Scanlan. Several tunes from the picture are being used, but the score is largely fresh.
Michael Mayer (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Side Man) directs. Fox Theatricals, Michael Leavitt, Hal Luftig, Anita Waxman, Elizabeth Williams, Stewart F. Lane and Whoopi Goldberg are producing. Rob Ashford choreographs.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 film musical comedy directed by George Roy Hill. The picture, a 1920s spoof, starred Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Beatrice Lillie, John Gavin, James Fox, Carol Channing, Jack Soo and Pat Morita. The libretto is based on Morris' original story and screenplay. Screenwriter Morris died in 1997 after completing work on the script with Scanlan.