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Thoroughly Modern Millie, Winner of six Tony Awards is the delightful musical theatre comedy based on the 1967 award-winning film.

Set in 1922, Millie (Hayley Tamaddon) leaves Kansas for the bright lights of New York City, her sole aim to find herself a wealthy husband, preferably her boss. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go exactly to plan, as she has her money stolen, ends up living in a boarding house run by a white slave trader Mrs. Meers (Lucas Rush) and falls for the penniless Jimmy (Michael Colbourne) instead of capturing the heart of her boss.

The success of this bright, witty and ultimately hugely enjoyable evening of entertainment lies with Director and Choreographer Racky Plews. This is a slick and fast moving show. The routines are crammed with style and the tapping typists are a brilliant touch.

Hayley Tamaddon is a fireball of energy and talent. The frequent asides to the audience tend to foil the opportunity for empathy with Millie so it is the men who win the day. Michael Colbourne is an astonishing leading man who steals the show away. There is great competition from the glorious drunk scene from Richard Meek as Trevor Graydon and Lucas Rush as Mrs. Meers.

The use of subtitles alongside the unlikely white slave trade sub plot is great fun and these glimpses of sheer indulgence and silliness keeps the cast working at a dizzy pace to the final scene.

An absolute romp of an evening, perfect escapism and family entertainment executed by an outstanding company full of talent and sheer class.

 

 

Petra Schofield