Millie Makes Mayfair, as Tony-Winning Musical Begins in London | Playbill

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News Millie Makes Mayfair, as Tony-Winning Musical Begins in London The London production of Thoroughly Modern Millie begins previews on Oct. 11 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, heading toward an official opening on Oct. 21.

Michael Mayer directs and Tony winner Rob Ashford will choreograph the British-cast show. The principal London producers are Paul Elliott and Duncan Weldon. Amanda Holden plays Millie, the small town naif who comes to circa 1920s New York to become thoroughly modern, taking up residence in Mrs. Meers rooming house, not knowing she's landed in the center of white slavery racket. Maureen Lipman is the nefarious Mrs. Meers, who dresses in "Oriental" drag. Sheila Ferguson (a diva of the British pop trio 3 Degrees) plays the well-heeled Muzzy. Craig Urbani (Contact) is Trevor, the stuffed-shirt boss that Millie loves. Mark McGee (Taboo) plays the carefree, man about town Jimmy. The cast is rounded out by Helen Baker as Dorothy Parker, Rachel Izen as Miss Flannery, Unku as Bun Foo and Yo Santhaveesuk as Ching Ho.

Making up the ensemble are Marti Webb (Webb will also play the role of Mrs. Meers at select performances), Adam Brooks, Phong Truong, Mike Scott, Christian Gibson, Tobias Walbom, Matt Flint, Roberto Giuffrida, Chris Bailey, Donna Steele, Selina Chilton, Nancy Wei George, Gabriella Khan, Rachel Barrell, Pip Jordan, Vikki Coote, Zoe Hardman, Tim Beaumont, Mike Denman, Jayde Westaby and Hayley Flaherty.

The Broadway company, with 2002 Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Millie, continues at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway. The musical also won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Harriet Harris), Best Orchestrations (Douglas Besterman and Ralph Burns) and Best Choreography (Rob Ashford).

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