Fifteen years after Thoroughly Modern Millie first took Broadway, she’s back in the Big Apple again.
Sutton Foster reprised her Tony-winning role in a reunion concert staging of the hit musical on Monday night, with proceeds benefitting The Actors Fund. She was joined by other members of the original Broadway cast, including Gavin Creel (Jimmy) and Harriet Harris (Mrs. Meers), along with Marc Kudisch, Francis Jue, Megan McGinnis, Anne Nathan, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Original director Michael Mayer, choreographer Rob Ashford, and musical director Michael Rafter also returned for the reunion show, as did many members of the band playing on the Minskoff Theatre stage.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, based on the 1967 film of the same name, opened on Broadway in April 2002 and went on to win six Tony Awards, including ones for Foster, Harris, and best musical. Foster starred as Millie Dillmount, who moves to New York City from Kansas in 1922 with dreams of becoming a “thoroughly modern” woman, including marrying for money over love.
The packed house gave a warm welcome to Foster, who got the first of multiple standing ovations when she stepped out on stage (in a red dress more contemporary than the 1920s-style costumes worn in the show), before she sang the opening lines of her first song. Other showstopping moments included the impressive choreography in “The Speed Test” and “Forget About the Boy,” Creel’s “What Do I Need With Love?,” and Foster’s 11 o’clock number “Gimme Gimme.”
Ahead of Monday night’s show, Foster called the Millie reunion “surreal.” She also posted photos from rehearsals, including prep for “Forget About the Boy” and a shot with Creel.
Check out more photos from the reunion concert below.