Thoroughly Modern Millie
We’re celebrating twice over!
after a coveted Rose Bowl Award for Best Youth Production, 2015, with our
stunning version of Sunshine On Leith we also reached an astonishing
milestone: 40 years of presenting superb youth productions we switched to a
lavish production of
the 1920s madcap musical: Thoroughly Modern Millie for our 40th ANNIVERSARY
show at Thornbury’s Armstrong Hall, from 23 to 26 March, 2016.
1922 and young ladies are flattening their chests, raising their skirts and
bobbing their hair, in pursuit of modernism, and another naive young lady
(Millie) arrives in New York from Kansas, determined to follow the ‘modern’
grand plan: find a job as a Secretary and then marry the wealthy Boss.
Unfortunately, the owner of Millie’s dingy hotel is involved in people
trafficking, while the man Millie actually falls for appears to be penniless
(or should that be dimeless?) and can the quaint, well-spoken new female
arrival really be as innocent as she appears? Add in a curmudgeonly
Stenographer, a glamorous, yet kind Stepmother, plus two Chinese illegal
immigrants and you have the perfect mystery, tinged with romance, just
waiting to be discovered!
Interwoven throughout the story, we hear
such catchy tunes as Forget About The Boy and The Speed Test, with a nod to
Gilbert and Sullivan, plus surprisingly beautiful ballads like I’m Falling
In Love With Someone and the heartrending Jimmy, or the Billie Holliday
style number: Only In New York. Social commentary on How The Other Half
Lives is balanced by an astonishing Chinese rendition of the Al Jolson
favourite: Mammy! The Jazz Era features in They Don’t Know and What Do I
Need With Love?, but the Moderns win out with crazy numbers like The
Nuttycracker Suite, which might just sound familiar, plus the unforgettable
tap dancing extravaganza: Thoroughly Modern Millie! Our nine-piece Band
accompanies frisky Flappers, dashing male Dancers, a vile Villainess, a
bombastic Boss, a mêlée of Moderns, illegal Aliens, White Slavery, a slinky
Speakeasy and a myriad of madcap Merriment, brought to you through Tap,
Charleston, Black Bottom and Soft Shoe routines, while magical sets and
hundreds of colourful costumes provide a visual feast!