Laurie Veldheer Stars in Paper Mill Playhouse's THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Beg. Tonight
Paper Mill Playhouse presents Thoroughly Modern Millie, winner of the 2002 Drama Desk and Tony Award for Best Musical. This effervescent musical romp will feature Ashley Kate Adams (Miss Dorothy Brown), Brenda Braxton (Muzzy Van Hossmere), Billy Bustamante (Bun Foo), Jeff Kready (Jimmy Smith), Burke Moses (Mr. Trevor Graydon), Lenora Nemetz (Mrs. Meers), James Seol (Ching Ho), Jessica Sheridan (Miss Flannery) and Laurie Veldheer (Millie Dillmount). Thoroughly Modern Millie will be directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee with choreography by Denis Jones. Thoroughly Modern Millie will run at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from tonight, April 10 through May 5, 2013. The official press opening is Sunday, April 14, at 7:00pm.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is an effervescent musical romp that will have you dancing the Charleston. It's the Roaring Twenties, and young Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, a place filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon lady of a villainess. Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie opened on Broadway in April 2002. Featuring hit songs such as "Gimme Gimme" and "Not for the Life of Me," the production subsequently won six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including the win for Best Musical at both award ceremonies.
Thoroughly Modern Millie will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance Schedule: Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Single tickets are on sale now and range from $26 to $97. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted Groups of ten or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.
The production will star Laurie Veldheer as Millie Dillmount, seen recently in Disney's Newsies on Broadway reprising the role she created at Paper Mill Playhouse. The role of Jimmy Smith will be played by Jeff Kready, seen on Broadway, in Billy Elliot and the revivals of Sunday in the Park with George and LES MISERABLES. The role of Muzzy van Hossmere will be played by Tony-nominated actress Brenda Braxton - recently seen in the second season premiere episode of NBC's musical drama "Smash" - and seen on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe's Café, Jelly's Last Jam, Dreamgirls, Cats and more. Mrs. Meers will be portrayed by prominent actress Lenora Nemetz, well-known for her roles on Broadway in Cabaret, Chicago and Working, who last appeared at Paper Mill Playhouse in Show Boat (taped for PBS) and as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Trevor Graydon will be played by veteran actor Burke Moses, whose Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the revival of Kiss Me, Kate, among others.