Photo Flash: Drury Lane Oakbrook Presents THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Drury Lane Oakbrook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, presents the winner of 2002's "Best Musical" Tony Award THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek. THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE previews October 22, opens October 29 and runs through December 20. Holly Ann Butler will star as "Millie", who recently finished the first National Tour of JERSEY BOYS as "Lorraine".
The delightful, Jazz Age musical THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, tells the humorous story of a young girl from Kansas who takes New York City by storm as she flaps, taps and Charleston's her way into the Roaring ‘20s. Millie experiences the hustle and bustle of Jazz Age Manhattan, at a time when women were just entering the workforce and rewriting society's rules.
A funny, romantic story about following dreams and falling in love, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE was hailed as "a thoroughly delightful experience" by USA Today. A singing, dancing tribute to the spirit of New York City, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE is a feel-good story featuring a score including "Jimmy", "Gimme, Gimme", "I Turned the Corner", "Only In New York", and "Long As I'm Here with You."
The original production of the comic pastiche, directed by Michael Mayer, underwent several workshops in New York and performances at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, before ultimately opening on Broadway on April 15, 2002. The production subsequently won six 2002 Tony Awards. Due to the success of the original Broadway production, there were both a United States tour and a West End production launched in 2003, followed by a United Kingdom tour in 2005.
Joining Holly Ann Butler as "Millie" in the cast of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE will be Mark Fisher as "Jimmy", Paula Scrofano as "Mrs. Meers", Randall Dodge as "Trevor Graydon", Dara Cameron as "Miss Dorothy Brown", Richard Manera as "Ching Ho", Paul Martinez as "Bun Foo", Melody Betts as "Muzzy Van Hossmere" and Sharon Sachs as "Miss Flannery". The ensemble includes Andy Lupp, Gary Carlson, Jarret Ditch, Nina Fluke, Nicole Hren, Joyee Lin, Donica Lynn, Ericka Mac, Ashton Napier, Buddy Reeder, Cara Salerno, Jillian Schiralli, Megan Simmons, Steven Spanopoulos, Richard Strimer, Erin Thompson and Zach Zube.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE will be directed by Drury Lane Oakbrook's Artistic Director William Osetek, Choreographed by Tammy Mader and Musical Direction will be by Ben Johnson. Set Design is by Kevin Depinet, Costume Design is by Tatjana Radisic, Lighting Design is by Jesse Klug, Sound Design is by Ray Nardelli and Properties Design is by Greg Isaac.
The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. ($29), Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ($29) and 8 p.m. ($33), Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ($38), Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($38) and 8:30 p.m. ($38) and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. ($38) and 6 p.m. ($36). Lunch and dinner theater packages range from $43.75 to $61 depending on the day of the week. Student tickets start as low as $19 and Senior Citizen tickets start as low as $26 for matinees and $40.75 for a matinee luncheon package. For reservations, phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at 312.559.1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Tom Joyce and Buddy Reeder
Richard Strimer, Randall Dodge and Gary Carlson
Paula Scrofano, Dara Cameron and Nicole Hren
Paul Martinez and Kevin Disch
Ashton Napier, Jillian Schiralli and Nina Fluke
Jarret Ditch and Robyn Robbins
Holly Ann Buter
Andy Lupp and Nicole Hren