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Molly Marie Walsh to play Millie Dillmount opposite Russell Grant

Molly Marie Walsh
Molly Marie Walsh

American Molly Marie Walsh is to play Millie Dillmount opposite Russell Grant as the mysterious and sinister Mrs Meers in the Off West End premiere of six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, based on the 1967 film of the same name, starring Julie Andrews, will play at Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Road, London NW1 from 1st to 25th October 2014.

Molly Marie Walsh played The Witch in Into the Woods and appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Forbidden Broadway in the US. In London she recently played Mrs. Crachit in Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at the Tabard and Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Battersea Barge.

The rest of the cast are: Poppy Teirney as Muzzy Van Hossmere (Svetlana, Chess, No 1 UK tour; Alexandra, The Witches of Eastwick, The Watermill); Graham Macduff as Trevor Graydon (Sir Lancelot, Spamalot, Playhouse Theatre; Jigger, Carousel, Savoy; Grand Hotel, Donmar Warehouse); Scott Royal as Jimmy Smoth (Annie, New Zealand tour); Katriona Perrett as Miss Dorothy; Carlos Mapano as Bun Foo; Prem Rai as Ching Ho. Ensemble: Daisy Boyles Jordan Cunningham, Colin Kiyani, Sam Lathwood, Sophie Le Brun, Katie Monks, Ellie Self, Mark Williamson.

Thoroughly Modern Millie, set in the Roaring twenties flapper era, tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by Mrs Meers, the leader of a white slavery ring in China. On its Broadway premiere in 202, it won six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical at both award ceremonies.

Russell Grant
Russell Grant

Russell Grant says: “Once in a while a role comes along that you have secretly coveted. I started performing in theatre around 50 years ago and this is one of those roles – Mrs Meers! Amongst other recent offers on both stage and screen it was this role I had to get my hands on. Beatrice Lillie made the role so fabulous in the film and from the moment I saw her it was on my wish list of roles I always wanted to perform but was never likely to be offered – until now!

Director Drew Baker, Costume Designer Andrew Cox, Musical Director Matt Ramplin, Set Designer Ben M Rogers, Choreographers Matt Wesley and Tom Gribby Executive Producer CJ de Mooi, Producer Shinead Byrne.

Entourage Productions was founded in 2014 by CJ de Mooi and Drew Baker to bring exciting and engaging theatre to stages in London and beyond. Their most recent production was the acclaimed musical Zanna Don’t! at the Landor Theatre. Entourage Productions is proud to present the UK fringe premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

LISTINGS INFO
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan.
Based on the 1967 film, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Theatro Technis
26 Crowndale Road
London , NW1 1TT
Wednesday 1 – Saturday 25 October
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Press night:Tuesday 7 October at 7.30pm

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