On the 24th June 2017, I saw Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Joanne Clifton at the Bristol Hippodrome.
Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a girl named Millie who moves from a small town in Kansas to New York in search of a rich man to marry. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China.
The part of Millie was absolutely written for Joanne and suited her down to the ground. She is a triple threat who sings, dances and acts incredibly.
Another standout character was Mrs Meers, owner of the hotel and leader of the white slavery ring. Traditionally played by a woman, this production featured Lucas Rush who flawlessly transitioned from a Chinese woman’s accent to an American man.
Finally, I would like to mention Graham MacDuff who played Millie’s Boss, Trevor Graydon. Firstly, the character has, what I believe to be one of the hardest songs to sing, The Speed Test. It’s almost impossible to sing due to it’s increasing speed. Secondly, there is a scene where Mr Graydon is drunk after being stood up. It was absolutely hysterical because he is constantly falling down and is unable to stand up. He fully played this to the audience the more we laughed. At one point, he leaned against a part of the scenery and it started moving off the stage, it’s a wonder Joanne and Sam Barrett (Jimmy) didn’t break character at this stage.
The show is full of show-stopping musical numbers, gorgeous costumes and comedy, not to mention a phenomenal cast! There is no doubt that I will go and see this again if it tours in the future.
Have you ever seen Thoroughly Modern Millie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading, Em xo
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