“HAPPY-EVER-AFTERS AND SMILES FOR DAYS”
—Variety (2002 Broadway premiere)
The Encores! season closes with Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Ashley Park (Mean Girls, The King and I). Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a raise-the-roof tribute to the indomitable spirit of New York and the diverse people who call it home, directed by Encores! Resident Director Lear deBessonet and choreographed by internationally renowned artist Camille A. Brown. Set at the height of the Jazz Age, it celebrates the birth of modernity—that engine that has long driven both women and immigrants to create lives for themselves by traveling to the big city and waving their own unique flag that shouts, “I’m here!”
The show deals with a moment in history when the ground was shifting in terms of gender roles and race, and its energy reflects the exhilaration and struggle of a new world being born. Determined to make it in the Big Apple, Millie stays on her dancing toes in an inspired romp featuring showstopping numbers like “Forget About the Boy” and “Gimme Gimme.” Based on the 1967 movie, which was made at another time of revolutionary change in America, the Encores! production explores the work with a fresh perspective as guided by deBessonet, playwright Lauren Yee as creative consultant, and the show’s original authors. This exciting creative team will deliver a thoroughly modern Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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I saw Thoroughly Modern Millie when I was far from home for the first time and contemplating how to make a life outside of my protective bubble, and I’m thrilled to explore with Lear and Ashley what this ode to classic big city dreams and migration in all its forms means today.
—Lauren Yee (Thoroughly Modern Millie Creative Consultant)
The story of Millie is connected to a history of people fighting to be seen, people fighting to be heard, people fighting for the freedom to change. We love the big-hearted joy, the determination, and the dynamism of this show, and we are especially in love with presenting a Millie for today.
—Lear deBessonet (Thoroughly Modern Millie Director and Encores! Resident Director) and Ashley Park
Encores! Resident Director Lear deBessonet is no stranger to bringing communities together in large-scale, innovative stagings of beloved musical comedies. Check out the great spectacles she’s turning out as part of the Public Works program.
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures film
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Starring Ashley Park
Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel
Encores! Music Director Rob Berman
Major support for Encores! is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Additional support is provided by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation