Sad to Be All Alone in the World: Harriet Harris Leaves Millie Aug. 3; Burrell in the Wings

News   Sad to Be All Alone in the World: Harriet Harris Leaves Millie Aug. 3; Burrell in the Wings
Harriet Harris packs up her Tony Award and exits Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie Aug. 3, and Terry Burrell is expected to play Mrs. Meers beginning Aug. 5.

The producers of the Tony Award-wining show are seeking a star to step into the role of the comic villainess who dresses in Chinese dragon-lady drag to hide her true identity (she's a crook and a failed actress).

Mrs. Meers runs a boarding house for young actresses and sells the orphans among them to white slavers. Her oft repeated line in the show when addressing the orphans is, "Sad to be all alone in the world."

Harris, known for her precise, brittle, dry and funny delivery in the show (and on TV series such as "Frasier" and "The Five Mrs. Buchanans") won a 2002 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

The actress is joining the developing TV series about two gay men raising a daughter, for ABC. Chris Sieber, who appeared in Millie as a replacement for Marc Kudisch in Millie recently, while Kudisch was in New York City Opera's A Little Night Music, stars in the new series.

Kudisch left Millie recently for the new Off Broadway musical, The Thing About Men. He has been replaced by Ben Davis (a Marcello of the recent La Bohème). In the aborning tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago acting star Hollis Resnik plays Meers.

Terry Burrell returns to Broadway after starring as Julie in the recent London production of Show Boat, which she also played in the U.S. national tour. her Broadway credits include Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, Swingin' on a Star, Honky Tonk Nights and Eubie. Off-Broadway credits include And the World Goes 'Round. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center.

The principal cast of Millie includes Angela Christian as Sutton Foster as Miss Dorothy, Christian Borle as Jimmy, Frances Jue as Bun Foo, David Rhee as Ching Ho, Anne L. Nathan as Miss Flannery and Leslie Uggams as Muzzy. Jue, Christian, Foster and Nathan are the holdovers from the original cast.

Millie snagged 2002 Tonys for Best Musical, Best Costumes, Best Orchestrations, Best Featured Actress, Best Choreography and Best Actress. The score is by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Dick Scanlan. Scanlan penned the book with the late Richard Morris. Michael Mayer directed.

Performances continue at the Marquis Theatre.

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