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June 24, 2020

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical play

Thoroughly Modern Millie, a musical play is a six-time Tony Awards winner and the winner of best musical in 2002. The play was based on the book by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and a 1967 movie with the same name. The musical is centered on a small-town girl named Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York to marry her love. However, her plan fails after being kidnapped and forced to travel to the East. The music style chosen for the performance is comic and also incorporates new tunes, with some pre-written songs. Although the musical received a lot of racial discriminations and faced controversies, it is still a popular choice for a high school production.

Synopsis

Like those as mentioned above, the entire plot of the musical is centered on a small-town girl named Millie Dillmount, and it took place in 1922. Her ideologies and plans for life were simple and straightforward: Work as a secretary for a rich and eligible bachelor and eventually marry him. When things did not go according to her plans, the landlady plots to kidnap her best friend and ship her to Hong Kong for slavery. On the other hand, her boss was uninterested in her dalliance, nor had a penny in his name. Over much drama and love themes, in the end, they realize the landlady’s business and gets her behind bars.

A classic six-time Tony Award winner in 2002, for the best musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, is a charming comedy play. The play is filled with lovely characters, handsome men and a villainess landlady, it is a perfect blend of madcap merriment. It is also a perfect play for music lovers and dance performers.

Millie Dillmount

Production

Thoroughly Modern Millie, directed by Michael Mayer, was produced by the Broadway productions, starring Erin Dilly at the lead, which allured her to stardom. On April 18, 2002, the premiere was aired at the Marquis Theatre. It went on for two years and was closed on June 2 2004, after 903 performances and 32 previews. In 2003, the same stage play was opened on October 21, London. The play was initially planned to air till 2005, but despite the positive response from the audience, it failed to catch the attention of the UK public and was forced to close on June 26, 2004.

Racial Discrimination

Despite the worldwide popularity and the awards won, the play was subjected to racial discrimination. Some even called it ‘Thoroughly Racist Millie’. The subplot of the play stars a white woman who is impersonated as Chinese and runs a slavery business with two other Chinese men. This was the main reason for subjecting to racism. However, the director states that the play was designed to shatter racist stereotypes, and if wanted, the show could be turned racist. But, in reality, the play was only directed to curb the racist stereotype, as the two Chinese immigrants were originally the heroes of the play as they rescued the girls from slavery. However, despite the criticism, the play won many awards and was also nominated for several awards.

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