The Arlington Players Thoroughly Modern MillieBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 22nd, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of The Arlington Players’ Thoroughly Modern Millie [MP3 4:40 1.3MB].
Mike: Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical with the book by Richard Henry Morris, music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan. It takes place in New York City in 1922, telling the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life. She wants to get married and she doesn’t need love. She just wants him to be rich. It’s New York City full of intrigue and jazz. Women were just entering the work force and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.
Laura: This show was very lively with lots of energy on stage. I thought the tap dancing was exceptional. The singing was very good. The story itself didn’t do much for me. That’s not the fault of the actors or dancers. That’s just the way the story was written.
Mike: Thoroughly Modern Millie was a good show. The singing was pretty good. The dancing was incredible. It was pretty much top notch. There was a lot of tap in this, but all the different dance numbers were very nicely choreographed.
Laura: The main character, Millie Dillmount who had just arrived in New York City with her dreams and sights and expectations set high was played by Allison Block. I really liked her. Not only was her singing good, but her energy ws just incredible. Her dance numbers were great. She had a lot of energy. She had her sights set on who she was going to marry and that was all there was to it. Love didn’t have anything to do with it until she found out later that she could fall in love with somebody. I really liked her and had a good time watching her.
Mike: One of the people that Millie bumped into the first day she was in the big city was Jimmy Smith, played nicely by John Patrick Loughney. I really liked how he seemed to be an innocent as well, but he also had this edge of cynicism. I liked it especialy when Millie and Jimmy bump into each other and Jimmy was so not snobbish but cynical in telling her to just get back on the bus and go back to Podunkville wherever you’re from. I liked that scene.
Laura: The role of Muzzy Van Hossmere was played by Richelle “Rikki” Howie. She did a great job. She was the night club singer, but not in a cheap way. She was very stately, very commanding. She had an incredible voice. One of the songs that she sang that was really good was, “Only in New York.” That was just really commanding. She was also very kind in wanting to help out Millie.
Mike: Millie met a lot of new people including the ladies at the Priscilla Hotel wher she ended up living. One of the ladies she met was Miss Dorothy Brown played by Melissa Stamps. I liked the character of Dorothy. She was very innocent, but there was this undercurrent that she knew what she was going on. She was confident, even though she was new to the city. I liked how it all worked out in the end.
Laura: The dance numbers for Thoroughly Modern Millie were exceptional. The tap dancing sequences were great. The choreographer was was John K. Monnett. They were just so incredibly well done and and so fast. The rehearsals for that I’m sure were a lot of fun to do and the speed typists for that were great.
Mike: The set was very nice. The facility that Arlington Players is using has a very nice area for both flys to come down and a lot of wing space. It worked really well. The set and painting design as well as the Master carpenter were Juan Felipe Rincon. The set dressing and properties design by Anita Gilbert. I think it all worked together really well. It was simple at points, but there was enough detail that it was very obvious what you were seeing. I think the director worked very closely with all the other designers to keep that vision together.
Laura: Thoroughly Modern Millie also had a live orchestra that I thought was really good. I didn’t feel it was distracting. The orchestra was actually under the stage so you didn’t have a lot of sound coming up. I thought it was very good.
Mike: Thoroughly Modern Millie is playing through April 28th at the Thomas Jefferson Theater in Arlington Virginia. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday the 22nd at 2:30. The show was about two hours and forty minutes with one intermission.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
Photos provided by The Arlington Players.
- Millie Dillmount: Alison Block
- Jimmy Smith: John Patrick Loughney
- Priscilla Girls:
- Ruth: Lory Levitt
- Gloria: Becca Shick
- Alice: Ashleigh de la Torre
- Rita: Bridget Devlin Burke
- Cora: Jennifer Diffell
- Lucille: Ru Gakhar
- Ethel Peas: Rebecca Clary
- Mrs. Meers: Barbara Catrett
- Miss Dorothy Brown: Melissa Stamps
- Ching Ho: Mickey Daniel Daguiso
- Bun Foo: Sam Nystrom
- Miss Flannery: Anne Marie Pinto
- Mr. Trevor Graydon: Patrick McMahan
- Speed Tapists: Mary Andrus, James Finley, Justin B. Latus, Katie McManus
- The pearl Lady: Bethany B lakey
- The Letch: Bob Duncan
- Policeman: Mike: Usowski
- Muzzy Van Hossmere: Richelle “Rikki” Howie
- George Gershwin: J. R. Owens
- Dorothy Parker: Jennifer Diffell
- Rodney: Mark Lewis
- Kenneth: James Finley
- Mathilde: Bridget Devlin Burke
- Muzzy’s Boys: Ivan Davila, Bob Duncan, James Finley, Mark Hidalgo, Justin B. Latus,
- Mark Lewis, J. R. Owens
- Dishwashers: Mike Usowski, Bill Walker
- Daphne: Paula Phipps
- Dexter: Mark Lewis
- New Modern: Angela Ramacci
- Ensemble: Mary Andrus, Bethany Blakey, Bridget Devlin Burke, Rebecca Clary, Ivan Davila, Ashleigh de la Torre, Jennifer Diffell, Bob Duncan, James Finley, Ru Gakhar, Mark Hidalgo, Justin B. Latus, Lory Levitt, Mark Lewis, Katie McManus, J. R. Owens, Paula Phipps, Anne Marie Pinto, Angela Ramacci, Becca Shick, Mike Usowski, Bill Walker
- Producer: Irene Molnar
- Director and Choreographer: John K. Monnett
- Music Director: John Michael d’Haviland
- Stage Manager: Terri Carnahan
- Set and Painting Design, Master Carpenter: Juan Felipe Rincon
- Costume Design: Mary Ayala-Bush
- Lighting Design: AnnMarie Castrigno
- Sound Design: Keith Bell
- Set Dressing and Properties Design: Anita Gilbert
- Makeup Design: Avery Burns
- Assistant Producer: David M. Moretti
- Assistant Music Director, Conductor: Leah Kocsis
- Assistant Choreographer: Catherine Oh
- Assistant Stage Mangers: Dina Green, Lou Timmons
- Flyrail Crew Chief: Peter A. Nerenstone
- Set Construction Crew: Katie Allen, Robert C. Bates, Barbara Esquibel, Mark Evers, Dan Lavanga, David M. Moretti, Barry Nathan, Larissa Norris, Dayna Rowden
- Set Painting Consultant: Jared Davis
- Set Painting Crew: Jeff Auerbach, B ridget Devlin Burke, Barbara Esquibel, Hal Henderson, Ellie Lockwood, Irene Molnar, David M. Moretti, Catherine Oh, Chis Painter, William D. Parker, Paul Riley, Gretchen Wintermantel
- Lighting Crew: Jeff Auerbach
- Sound Crew: David Correia, Brian Vargas
- Assistants to the Assistant Stage Manager: Amanda Acker, Nikki Hoffpaur, Lauren Sinsheimer, Bill Wisniewski
- Flyrail Crew: Becca Bergen, Michael Pakonen, Bill Rippey
- Wardrobe: Ellie Lockwood, Holly Martin, Gretchen Wintermantel
- Light Board Operator: Joni Hughes
- Subtitles: Joni Hughes, Jack Stein
- Follow Spots: Barry Nathan
- Auditions: Mary Andrus, Jeff Auerbach, Allison Block, Jason Langley, Ellie Lockwood, Nancy Malin, Gretchen Wintermantel
- Audition Pianist: Elisa Rosman
- Opening Night Party Host: Rob Duncan
- Box Office: William D. Parker
- Marketing Campaign/Logo Design/Program: David M. Moretti
- Marketing Photographers: Fredo Alvarez, Michael DuBlois, Paul Riley
- Marketing Support: Tamara Theiler
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.