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.
The 15th anniversary reunion concert of the 2002 Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie reunites many of the original cast members from the Broadway production. The Actors Fund benefit event is presented February 12 at the Minskoff Theatre.
The 7:30 PM concert will star Tony Award winners Sutton Foster, Gavin Creel, and Harriet Harris, reprising their respective roles as Millie Dillmount, Jimmy Smith, and Mrs. Meers, alongside other original cast members including Marc Kudisch, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Francis Jue, and Anne L. Nathan. Megan McGinnis, who appeared in the original production as a replacement, will also take part.
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Only in New York! Sutton Foster is set to reprise her Tony-winning turn as Millie Dillmount alongside fellow original cast members of the 2002 Tony-winning Best Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in a one-night 15th-anniversary reunion concert. Set to benefit the Actors Fund, the concert will take place on February 12 at 7:30pm at the Minskoff Theatre. Foster will be joined by original leading man and Hello, Dolly! Tony winner Gavin Creel as Jimmy Smith and more originals performing Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan’s Tony-nommed score.
Viewers disappointed, befuddled or downright miffed by the Season 4 ending of TV Land’s “Younger” on Wednesday night are in surprisingly good company.
“When I read the finale, I was like, ‘This can’t be it!’” said Sutton Foster, who stars as Liza Miller, a divorced 40-something mother navigating an ageist publishing world by posing as if she’s in her 20s. “I was very invested and very emphatic about it. I cornered one of our writers in a bathroom and was like, ‘You can’t end it this way! How could you do this!’”
“I don’t know why I love you so much,” jokes showrunner and producer Amy Sherman-Palladino while interviewing her friend Sutton Foster. “You have this fairy-dust effect on people that I’m not even sure you know about,” she says with a laugh.
AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO: Okay, Sutton, these will be hard-hitting questions. Very 60 Minutes. When did you learn to crochet?
SUTTON FOSTER: Honestly, just now as I was waiting for you to call I was crocheting and finishing up an episode of Gilmore Girls. It’s my happy place.
SHERMAN-PALLADINO: That’s the glamorous world of Sutton Foster?
FOSTER: It’s very glamorous. I taught myself how to do it when I was a teenager. I’ve always been super crafty. I’ve always loved to draw and make stuff, and I thought it would be a nice hobby. I used to cross-stitch because my mom cross-stitched. I’ve made tons of blankets. I usually do it while I’m working, especially on a TV job where there’s tons of down time and you’re just sitting there.
Sutton Foster, performing two local concerts this week, has 11 Broadway musicals to her credit, but in the past few years, she’s become better-known to TV-watchers.
Before returning to Cape Cod, Foster answered our questions about her life and career:
When not on the road, I live in (city) and with (whom): New York City with my husband Ted Griffin, our daughter Emily and our two pups Mabel and Brody.
My most rewarding career accomplishment: Performing at Lincoln Center earlier this year.
My worst career choice: Not following my gut.
My best Cape memory: P-Town July 4, 2016.