This edition: Production: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Spring 2002)
Original tape date: April 24, 2002.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie"'s creative and production team -- choreographer Rob Ashford, general manager Nina Lannan, producer Hal Luftig, director Michael Mayer, book writer/lyricist Dick Scanlan and composer Jeanine Tesori -- discuss the Tony Award winning musical's journey to Broadway; obtaining the rights to the 1967 Universal Pictures film written by Richard Morris and starring Julie Andrews; years of development in workshops and readings; how the production team came together, including Rob Ashford's choreographer audition; the mixture of existing songs and new Tesori compositions; the advantages and disadvantages of mounting the show in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse; the many producers involved, including road presenters; the decision and budgetary considerations in opening on Broadway with a rigious preview period versus a second out-of-town tryout.
Rob Ashford Choreographer
Nina Lannan General Manager
Hal Luftig Producer
Michael Mayer Director
Dick Scanlan Writer
Roy A. Somlyo Moderator, American Theatre Wing
Isabelle Stevenson Host, American Theater Wing
Jeanine Tesori Composer