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Thoroughly Modern Millie (2000)

Compositeur: Jeanine Tesori

Parolier: Dick Scanlan

Librettiste: Dick Scanlan • Tom Morris

Millie Dillmount moves to New York, assumes the flapper lifestyle, takes a job as a stenographer and a room at the Hotel Priscilla for Women. She has big plans for life, but Jimmy Smith throws her plans into disarray, forcing her to reexamine what she really wants out of life.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Broadway
The musical, directed by Michael Mayer, underwent several workshops in New York in 1999. Included in the workshops casts were Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch, and Beatrice Arthur.[10]
It then played out-of-town tryouts at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego in October 2000 through December 2000.[4] Despite nurturing the role through the workshop process, Kristin Chenoweth did not continue with the role of Millie in order to film her own sitcom. She was replaced by Erin Dilly, but prior to public previews, Sutton Foster was chosen from the chorus to assume the title role, a move that propelled her to stardom.
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 18, 2002 and closed on June 20, 2004 after 903 performances and 32 previews. Directed by Michael Mayer and choreographed by Rob Ashford, orchestration was by Doug Besterman and the late Ralph Burns, scenic design was by David Gallo, costume design was by Martin Pakledinaz, and lighting design was by Donald Holder. The original cast included Sutton Foster as Millie, Marc Kudisch as Trevor, Angela Christian as Miss Dorothy, Gavin Creel as Jimmy, Harriet Sansom Harris as Mrs. Meers, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Ken Leung as Ching Ho, Francis Jue as Bun Foo, and Anne L. Nathan as Miss Flannery.

Replacements later in the run included Susan Egan as Millie, Leslie Uggams as Muzzy, Delta Burke and Dixie Carter as Mrs. Meers, Christian Borle as Jimmy, Christopher Sieber as Trevor Graydon, and Liz McCartney as Miss Flannery. At the April 2, 2003 performance, Meredith Vieira appeared in three minor roles for a segment later broadcast on her daytime talk show The View.
The original Broadway production won six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including the win for Best Musical at both award ceremonies.

London
In 2003, the original creative team reunited to stage the show in London's West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre. It began previews on October 11 and opened on October 21. Well-known UK TV personality Amanda Holden starred in the title role, with Maureen Lipman and Marti Webb alternating as Mrs. Meers and Sheila Ferguson as Muzzy Van Hossmere. When Webb subsequently left the production to join Tell Me on a Sunday, Mrs. Meers was played by Anita Dobson, and when Holden was forced to take time off due to illness, her understudy Donna Steele took over the role to great acclaim. Despite positive reviews and booking periods extended to January 2005, Thoroughly Modern Millie failed to catch the UK public's attention and closed on June 26, 2004.[11]

UK tour
A UK tour beginning in March 2005 fared much better and successfully toured many of the country's major theatres until November, when it closed as planned in Nottingham. The tour starred Steele as Millie, Lesley Joseph as Mrs. Meers, and Grace Kennedy as Muzzy Van Hossmere.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
"Overture" — Orchestra
"Not for the Life of Me" — Millie
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" — Millie and Ensemble (Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, Music by Jimmy Van Heusen, 1967)
"Not for the Life of Me (Tag)" — Millie and the Hotel Girls
"How the Other Half Lives" — Millie and Miss Dorothy
"How the Other Half Lives (reprise)" - Millie and Miss Dorothy
"Not for the Life of Me (Reprise)" — Bun Foo and Ching Ho
"The Speed Test" — Trevor Graydon, Millie, Stenographers, Office Singers (music from the patter song "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore)
"They Don't Know" — Mrs. Meers
"The Nuttycracker Suite" (derived from music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker)
"What Do I Need with Love?" - Jimmy
"Only in New York" — Muzzy
"Jimmy" — Millie (Lyrics by Jay Thompson, 1967, (and Scanlan), Music by Thompson (and Tesori))

Act II
"Entracte" — Orchestra
"Forget About the Boy" — Millie, Miss Flannery, Women Office Singers, Stenographers
"Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life/Falling in Love with Someone" — Trevor Graydon and Miss Dorothy (Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young, Music by Victor Herbert from Naughty Marietta)
"I Turned the Corner/Falling in Love with Someone (Reprise)" — Millie, Jimmy, Miss Dorothy, Trevor Graydon ("Falling in Love with Someone" from Victor Herbert's Naughty Marrietta)
"Muqin" — Mrs. Meers, Bun Foo, Ching Ho (Based on "My Mammy", lyrics by Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Walter Donaldson and Scanlan, Music by Donaldson)
"Long as I'm Here with You" — Muzzy and Muzzy's Boys (Incorporates "Not For the Life of Me")
"Gimme Gimme" — Millie
"The Speed Test (Reprise)" — Millie, Trevor Greydon, Jimmy
"Ah! Sweet Mystery (Reprise)" — Miss Dorothy and Ching Ho
"Thoroughly Modern Millie (Reprise)" — Company

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Thoroughly Modern Millie

Version 1

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967-03-Film) (Film)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 21 mars 1967
Première : mardi 21 mars 1967
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : George Roy Hill
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Avec :
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Version 2

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2000-10-La Jolla Playhouse-La Jolla) (Original)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 06 octobre 2000
Dernière : dimanche 10 décembre 2000
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Millie Dillmount ... Sutton Foster / Miss Dorothy Brown ... Sarah Uriarte Berry / Ching Ho ... Stephen Sable / Bun Foo ... Francis Jue / Taxi Driver ... Randl Ask / Mrs. Meers ... Pat Carroll / Jimmy Smith ... Jim Stanek / Miss Flannery ... Anne L. Nathan / Trevor Graydon ... Marc Kudisch / Judith Tremayne ... Megan Sikora
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Version 3

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002-03-Marquis Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 2 ans 2 mois
Nombre : 32 previews - 903 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 19 mars 2002
Première : jeudi 18 avril 2002
Dernière : dimanche 20 juin 2004
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Millie Dillmount ... Sutton Foster / Jimmy Smith ... Gavin Creel / Mrs. Meers ... Harriet Harris / Mr. Trevor Graydon ... Marc Kudisch / Muzzy Van Hossmere ... Sheryl Lee Ralph / Miss Dorothy Brown ... Angela Christian / Bun Foo ... Francis Jue / Ching Ho ... Ken Leung / Miss Flannery ... Anne L. Nathan / Ensemble/Other Roles ... Kate Baldwin
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Version 4

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003-07-US Tour) (US Tour)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 15 juillet 2003
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Millie Dillmount ... Darcie Roberts / Jimmy Smith ... Matt Cavenaugh / Mr. Trevor Graydon ... Sean Krill / Mrs. Meers ... Hollis Resnik / Muzzy Van Hossmere ... Pamela Isaacs / Bun Foo ... Darren Lee / Ching Ho ... Andrew Pang
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Version 5

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2003-10-Shaftesbury Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 8 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 287 représentations
Première Preview : samedi 11 octobre 2003
Première : mardi 21 octobre 2003
Dernière : samedi 26 juin 2004
Mise en scène : Michael Mayer
Chorégraphie : Rob Ashford
Avec : Amanda Holden (Millie), Helen Baker (Miss Dorothy), Maureen Lipman/Marti Webb (Miss Meers), Craig Urbani (Mr Graydon), Sheila Ferguson (Muzzy Von Hossmere), Mark McGee (Jimmy Smith), Yo Santhaveesuk, Unku, Phong Truong, Rachel Izen, Adam Brooks, Matt Flint
Commentaires :
Based on the 1967 film screenplay by Richard Morris, the musical opened on Broadway in April 2002 and ran for 904 performances, winning six Tony Awards. The Broadway production team re-created the show in London, with Maureen Lipman and Marti Webb alternating as Mrs Meers. When Marti Webb left for the “Tell Me on a Sunday” tour, she was replaced with Anita Dobson. During the run Amanda Holden was taken ill, and her understudy Donna Steele took over the role to great acclaim. In spite of mostly good reviews the show failed to catch on with the public, and the show closed in June 2004, after an eight month run.
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Version 6

Thoroughly Modern Millie (2005-03-UK Tour) (UK Tour)
Durée : 8 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 08 mars 2005
Dernière : samedi 12 novembre 2005
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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