Tap dancing in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Posted: February, 14, 2018 - 8:12pm

Eagle Theatre presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

Eagle Theatre presents the musical comedyThoroughly Modern Millie, which opens Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Additional performances are scheduled for March 3, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m. and March 4 and 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens or $7 for adults and may be purchased in the main office or at www.eagletheatre.com.

“The show is a roaringly fun comedy, with jazz music and tap dancing!” director Abra Chusid said.

One interesting fact about this year’s cast: “There are so many talented students at Lakes, so we chose to double cast three of the principal roles,” Chusid said. “All of the double cast students have been in four years of fine arts classes, and these performance opportunities allow them to express their talents and share their incredible growth from their four years here. Additionally, we expanded the musical to two weekends last year to create more opportunities for double casting.”

View our Facebook photo gallery of a recent rehearsal, and view the company list to see all of the students and staff members involved in this production.

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The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway. Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns,” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage, and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name… or so he tells her.

Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a “Fred and Ginger” routine on a window ledge, this is the perfect show for theatres that are looking to show off the dance skills of their performers. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie!

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