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In 2003, we released an hour-long version of COMPACT BROADWAY as a demo to give people a sense of what our program would sound like. The show we chose to spotlight was Thoroughly Modern Millie, the musical that had most recently won the Tony Award® for Best Musical. Although the format of COMPACT BROADWAY has evolved and changed since we first produced this demo, this is the show that opened the door for us at National Public Radio and paved the way for our pilot on Avenue Q.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 movie of the same name, starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing. But the stage version is not just an adaptation of the film it's a brand new musical that re-imagines the story of Millie Dillmount, a small town girl who leaves her Kansas home to start a new life as a "modern" in New York City during the roaring 1920s. Although she first comes to the big city on a quest to find adventure and a wealthy husband, she instead discovers love, and ultimately, herself.
The Broadway production opened at the Marquis Theatre on April 18, 2002, and Thoroughly Modern Millie received 11 nominations for the 2002 Tony Awards®. The show went on to receive 6 awards, including Best Musical, Choreography (Rob Ashford), Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz) and Orchestrations (Doug Besterman & Ralph Burns), as well as the awards for Best Actress (Sutton Foster) and Featured Actress (Harriet Harris) in a Musical. After 903 performances, the Broadway run of Thoroughly Modern Millie ended on June 20, 2004.
If you would like to hear the COMPACT BROADWAY demo spotlighting Thoroughly Modern Millie, you can access our demo online. By clicking on one of the following links, you can choose to listen to segments of the demo or you can hear Act One and Act Two in their entirety. In addition to interviews, our demo also includes excerpts of songs from Thoroughly Modern Millie and a playlist follows the link in each section.
If you experience any difficulties in accessing the audio clips, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still can't get enough of Millie? Then we suggest you visit the following sites:
Although the Broadway production has closed, you can still explore the official site of Thoroughly Modern Millie, where you can find more information about the production, including photos and biographies of the cast, creative staff and producers. Meanwhile, the National Tour of Millie continues with performances through May 2005. For a complete list of dates and locations, visit ModernMillieTour.com.
And finally, if you want to learn more about a couple of the guests on our demo, we suggest you check out the web sites for Sutton Foster (now starring as Jo March in the Broadway production of Little Women) and Gavin Creel (currently back on stage at the Marquis Theatre, this time appearing as Jean-Michel in the revival of La Cage aux Folles).