Nothing rocks more than being a mom or dad, but after being on
call 24/7, all parents deserve a night out to regroup, recharge and
regain a little consciousness about the world outside of Elmo and
Dora. Head to Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook to take in Thoroughly Modern Millie, the winner
of 2002's "Best Musical" Tony Award.
Set in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the funny
story of a small-town-girl with larger-than-life dreams, Millie
Dillmount, who leaves Kansas behind and goes to the Big Apple to
marry for money instead of love. As Millie flaps, taps and warbles
her way through the Roaring '20's, the audience gets a glittery
glance of the Jazz Age (think clubs called the Nutty Cracker
Suite), where giggles and gaffes endlessly delight. And, when
Millie's life takes an unexpected romantic turn the hilarity grows,
especially once her friends start to mysteriously disappear at the
hands of her hotel proprietess turned white slave trafficker and
her two kindhearted goons with a secret of their own.
Thoroughly Modern Millie began as a 1967 film starring
Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing. In 2002, the
film was transformed into a Broadway musical. The production would
go on to win six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Sunday afternoon's performance was electric. Holly Ann Butler
made Millie come to life as she literally sparkled on stage with
efferevescent energy, humor and tangible passion, which was a
wonderful juxtaposition to the serene richness that came with the
impressive Melody Betts, who played singer Muzzy Von Hossmere.
Randall Dodge and Dara Cameron - Mr. Trevor Graydon and Miss
Dorothy Brown - had the audience in stitches with their comedically
charming rendition of Ah! Sweet Mystery / Falling in Love, as did
Sharon Sachs as Miss Flannery belting out Forget About The
Boy, though I think most will agree that the true standouts in
the show were its misled villians: Paula Scrofano as Mrs. Meers,
and Richard Manera and Paul Martinez as Ching Ho and Bun Foo. The
subtitles alone added to the hilarity, as did all that was lost in
translation between the three.
This is really a must see (we didn't start a standing ovation
for nothing), and runs from October 29-December 20.
Win two tickets for your own date night!
To enter, leave a comment after this post answering the
question: What year did Thoroughly Modern Millie first
open on Broadway?
Entries will be accepted from November 1 until midnight CST on
November 4, with one random winner to be announced on November 5.
The winner will have a choice of dates for performances from
October 22-December 18, on
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
or Fridays at 8:30 p.m. at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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