Dixie Carter Takes Off Her Makeup as Mrs. Meers in Bway's Millie June 6

News   Dixie Carter Takes Off Her Makeup as Mrs. Meers in Bway's Millie June 6
Dixie Carter, the second "Designing Women" veteran to appear as Mrs. Meers in Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie, leaves the musical June 6.

Harriet Harris, who won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, returns to the Marquis Theatre June 7 to play the last two weeks of the show's run.

Carter replaced Delta Burke, her co-star from TV's "Designing Women," in the role. (Terry Burrell also stepped into the faux-Chinese role throughout the run.)

Angela Christian, the only original cast member remaining, leaves the show June 9. Emily Rozek takes over June 11-13 and then Jessica Grové completes the run.

Harris recently starred in the TV sitcom, "It's All Relative," which has been canceled.

* Thoroughly Modern Millie, the spunky show about a flapper fish out of water in Jazz Age Manhattan which won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical, will end a two-year-plus run June 20. It will have played 32 previews and 904 regular performances since its March 2002 debut.

The show established composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist-librettist Dick Scanlan as Broadway talents and made a star out of the unknown Sutton Foster. Foster graduated to the lead role of Millie Dillmount after two other actresses exited the show during an out-of-town tryout. She went on to win the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. She stayed with the show for nearly two years, recently being replaced by Susan Egan.

The production also received Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress (Harriet Harris), Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz) and Best Choreography (Rob Ashford).

Thoroughly Modern Millie, the last new Broadway musical of the 2001-02 season, opened April 18, 2002, at the Marquis Theatre. Previews began March 19.

Millie was directed by Michael Mayer. The show currently stars Susan Egan as Millie Dillmount, Leslie Uggams as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Christian Borle as Jimmy Smith, Kevin Earley as Mr. Trevor Graydon, original cast member Angela Christian as Miss Dorothy Brown, David Rhee as Ching Ho, Peter Kim as Bun Foo and Liz McCartney as Miss Flannery.

The musical is produced by Michael Leavitt, Fox Theatricals and Hal Luftig, in association with Stewart F. Lane, James L. Nederlander, the Independent Presenters Network, Libby Mages/Mari Stuart, Dori Berinstein/Jennifer Manocherian/Dramatic Forces, John York Noble and Whoopi Goldberg.

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