Thoroughly Modern Millie to Play London's Theatro Technis, Starring Russell Grant
25 Jun 2014
Thoroughly Modern Millie, the 2002 Broadway musical based on the 1967 film of the same name, is to receive its U.K. fringe premiere in a new production that will begin performances Oct. 1, prior to an official opening Oct. 7, at London's Theatro Technis, for a run through Oct. 29.
The show, which features music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan and a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, will be directed by Drew Baker, with costume designs by Andrew Cox, musical direction by Benjamin Holder and sets by Ben M. Rogers. It is produced by Entourage Productions, which was founded in 2014 by executive producer CJ de Mooi and Drew Baker.
Russell Grant, actor-turned-celebrity-astrologer, will play Mrs. Meers. During his period of astrological fame, which stretched across nine years on BBC Breakfast Time and TV-AM, he appeared as Dame in many theatres. He was last seen in the West End in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
In a press statement, he said, "Once in a while a role comes along that you have secretly coveted. I started performing in theatre around 50 years ago and this is one of those roles - Mrs. Meers! Amongst other recent offers on both stage and screen it was this role I had to get my hands on. Beatrice Lillie made the role so fabulous in the film and from the moment I saw her it was on my wish list of roles I always wanted to perform but was never likely to be offered - until now!"
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.