Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley 06/06/17

TMM-Joanne-Clifton-as-Millie-and-Company-c-Darren-Bell-1030x687This take on the Hollywood classic Thoroughly Modern Millie last played Broadway back in 2002. However, regardless of the cast’s plucky efforts to inject some New York panache into proceedings, Millie emerges as a particularly poor choice for revisiting in 2017.

The story features threads that sit uncomfortably in the present day. Mrs Meers, with her chopstick-clad hair and mock Chinese accent, is amusing for ten minutes, but after a couple of scenes just seems plain racist. Millie’s chunk of the plot hangs on the idea that she needs to find a rich man to marry to get on in life. Where do I even start with that one?

The staging and set design are strong and the look of Millie would not seem out of place on a West End stage. The Twenties flapper costumes sparkle. The dusky jazz clubs smoulder and the frenetic office scenes are well choreographed.

Read the full review on BroadwayWorld.com 

‘Millie’ tour until July 15th. 

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