The Thoroughly Modern Millie Reunion Concert Has The Potential To Be EPIC!

by Michael Mahany | 1/10/2018 4:55 PM


The original cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

 

The news broke Monday that The Actors Fund would be presenting a one-night reunion concert of the 2002 hit dance musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in February. The musical, which won six of the twelve TONY® Awards for which it was nominated, was one of the most celebrated productions of the early 2000’s, and helped usher in some of Broadway’s current top talent.

 

The concert, currently scheduled for February 12th, 2018 at 7:30pm, will play Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, the current home of Disney’s The Lion King. All proceeds will benefit The Actor’s Fund, a wonderful organization, that “fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.”

 

Thoroughly Modern Millie, along with the very successful 2001 revival of 42nd Street, helped bring the tap-classic style show back to the forefront of Broadway.

 

Fifteen years ago when the show premiered, Millie brought veteran dancers and emerging talent together in a rare phenomenon; a classic style musical written in the contemporary. Experienced dancers who’d graced the boards in seasons prior like Joanne M. Hunter, Joyce Chittick, David Eggers, Noah Racey, Casey Nicholaw and many more joined relative newcomers like Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin (both of whom are currently starring in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! alongside Bette Midler), in the production that played Broadway’s Marriott Marquee Theatre. A budding Michael Mayer directed the musical, and, for his first solo shot at choreographing on the Great White Way, Rob Ashford set the dances.

 

The show also introduced the world to the true triple threat and overnight super-star, Sutton Foster. Foster, who was set to understudy the leading role of Millie Dillmount in the out of town tryout at The La Jolla Playhouse, ultimately took over the role for the Broadway transfer. Foster went on to win the 2002 Outstanding Actress In A Musical TONY® Award that year for her work as Millie.

 


Sutton Foster. Photo Credit: SuttonFoster.com

 

Foster spoke about taking over the role in a 2015 Variety interview.

 

“It was my first time being a leading lady. The cast rallied behind me, which I was very grateful for, because they also had gone through something traumatic; they had lost their leading lady,

and they had a brand new one thrust at them. People can say I got lucky, but I was also prepared and ready. I stepped up to the plate.”

 

Sutton Foster has since gone on to star in at least six other Broadway musicals including the 2011 revival of the tap-classic Anything Goes, for which she won her second TONY® for Outstanding Actress In A Musical.

 

One giant unmistakable fact, when looking at the original cast list of Thoroughly Modern Millie’s ensemble of dancers, is that it churned out some Broadway current and most successful choreographers. Joanne M. Hunter, choreographer of Broadway’s School Of Rock, and Casey Nicholaw, the TONY® winning director and choreographer of at least eleven Broadway shows, both originated ensemble dance roles in Millie.

 


Joanne M. Hunter, Casey Nicholaw, Joyce Chittick, and Noah Racey. Photo Credits: LSP Public Relations, IBDB, Theatre Mania, The Broadway Artists Intensive

 

Other prominent dance-makers like Joyce Chittick, the associate choreographer of the 2007 Grease revival, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, David Eggers, associate director and choreographer of 2016’s In Transit, and 2012’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, Noah Racey associate director of the 2006 world premiere of Disney’s High School Musical and movement director of the recent Michael Moore: The Terms Of My Surrender, and John MacInnis, who has been the associate choreographer of Casey Nicholaw on Something Rotten, Aladdin, and The Book Of Mormon all bloomed from Millie’s dance ensemble.

 

MORE: A Love Affair With Dance; A Dance Network Exclusive Interview With Broadway’s JoAnn M. Hunter

 


The cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Photo Credit: Getty.

 

As of Monday evening, original cast members Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, Harriet Harris, Marc Kudisch, Francis Jue, Megan McGinnis, and Sheryl Lee Ralph were confirmed for the concert.

 

Imagine, though, just for a moment—getting that full cast back together…

 

EPIC.




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