Earlier in the year my friend Felicity e-mailed me about going to see the Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in
When I opened the playbill I began to think that some of the people seemed really familiar. I had seen a photo of the person who played Millie somewhere. It ended up that I had surfed onto her blog a while back and even commented about
I thought that the performance was really enjoyable. In fact, the presentation was very similar to the Broadway presentation of the same musical. Even the costumes were extremely familiar. It made me wonder if they had purchased some of the old props or costumes from the Broadway production, but I doubted that those costumes were still usable. After the play Julie and I mentioned it to one of the actors, and they said that the powers that be had gone to see the musical on Broadway and had taken notes. Those were some good notes.
And now I think of YouTube. I mean, it’s a possibility, no? Pirated Broadway musicals? I confess that I’ve seen one. And, according to my memory, at no point does Millie ever wear the outfit from the front of the playbill in the musical. I just think that it’s weird to have a photo that doesn’t exist in the production on the front cover. Oh well.
Anyway, I will tell you what was impressive: the stage at the Hale Centre Theatre is really small. The audience sits around the stage, so the actors and props have to be done in such a way that no audience member is jilted from viewing or hearing the action. When they brought out the stenographer desks on wheels, I was shocked and impressed. As soon as I saw the theater, I was sure that there would be no desk tapping. And, sure, there was very little and to a degree that was much less-impressive than the Broadway number, but they still squeezed it in somehow.
I was also pleased to see that they had monitors set up so people could view the Chinese translations of Ching Ho and Bun Foo.
Ultimately, I thought that the experience was fun. There were a few minor mishaps during the play, but nothing stood out that was really wrong with it. We also got to view a last-day surprise of two new moderns coming out during the closing number. One was a man dressed up as a new modern. It was a little scary, but… it was the last day, so I overlooked it. I didn’t even get to properly see the female new modern because the he/she was blocking my view from the other one. Geez.