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Thoroughly Modern Millie: Imagine Productions Scores a Hit Show at Wall Street

Thoroughly Modern Millie: Imagine Productions Scores a Hit Show at Wall Street

The Wall Street Nightclub is known as a killer dance venue and a mainstay in the LGBT community but who would guess it is such a great venue to watch theater?

After speaking with Wall Street owners Amber Myers and Sandy Rollins, we gained admittance, discovering the stage was definitely close enough to really experience the show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, brought by Imagine Productions of Columbus, led by President Todd Holland.

Thoroughly Modern Millie (TMM) is hip, fun, high-energy theater production based on the 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan was based upon the film, with music provided by Jeanine Tesori. Originally produced for Broadway in 2002, the show subsequently won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and has been captivating audiences across the United States and the United Kingdom since 2003.

The show combines dance and a wide array of vocal talents from singing in Mandarin to Arias. It’s backed by a live band and conductor, combining comedy with solid acting, creating a vibrant production filled with twenty-seven experienced performers.

Now It’s Dark spoke to the TMM Director and Choreographer Rose Babington before the performance.

“We have a very talented cast and any one of them could play the lead roles,” Babington said.

NID had a chance to step backstage to bring you preparations for the performance …

TMM tells the story of a small-town Kansas girl, Millie Dillmount, played by the amazing Meredith Zahn, who ventures to New York City to find a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East; her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage; and the man she actually falls in love with doesn’t have a dime to his name — or so he tells her.

The style of the musical is comic pastiche. Like the film on which it is based, it interpolates new tunes with some previously written songs.

To be sure, there is a happy ending for Millie but along the way the audience experiences a series of twists and turns.

NID was also very impressed with the singing and acting of Jared Joseph, who played Jimmy Smith.

Kathy Taylor was convincing and entertaining as the evil Mrs. Meers.

NID loved the vocal range and skill of Ann Johnson, who played Miss Dorothy Brown.

Get your tickets now and catch this show — it plays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 2 at Wall Street Nightclub, located at 144 N. Wall St. You may call 614-464-2800 for more information.

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Tony Bentivegna

Tony Bentivegna writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine and can be reached at strongfin@gmail.com