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Thoroughly Modern Millie posts closure notices



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 Morris.

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 Millie’s 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.

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