Story by Jack Foley
OLIVIER-award winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, has
posted early closing notices, just months after it was announced
that its run had been extended.
The multi-award winning show, which transferred to the Shaftesbury
Theatre from Broadway, in October 2003, had extended booking up
to January 15, 2005 - but will now close on June 26, 2004, after
just eight months.
The play, based on the 1967 film starring Julie Andrews, is set
in 1920s New York, where recent arrival-from-Kansas, Millie Dillmount
(played brilliantly by TV's Amanda Holden), is determined to bob
her hair, dance to jazz, get a job and marry her boss - all in
the modern fashion.
The London production was notable for reuniting the original
Broadway creative team, including director, Michael Mayer, and
designer, David Gallow, and opened to positive reviews.
The production also features new songs by Dick Scanlan (lyrics)
and Jeanine Tesori (music), with a book by Scanlan and Richard
The London cast also featured Craig Urbani, Mark McGee, Helen
Baker, Sheila Ferguson and Anita Dobson, who took over, earlier
this year, from Maureen Lipman, as Millies villainous landlady.
Ironically, the musical is also to close on Broadway on June
20, but it was the big winner at the 2002 Tony Awards, taking
six trophies, including the coveted Best Musical prize.