A review by Nicholas Newman
If you are looking for a good evening out, then a good place to be is Oxford’s New Theatre. This week its Thoroughly Modern Millie a musical based on the film and book by the same name Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan that starred Julie Andrews in 1967.
The story is packed with countless song and dance routines that evoke the era of the 1920s. It is about a young woman from Kansas who has ambitions to do well in her career and her love life while staying in New York City.
It is a nice sweet comical romantic story, which makes the audience chuckle, laugh and even applaud. However, the plot is well thought out and a pleasure to watch. The music provided by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan which augment the book by Richard Morris and Scanlan enhances the entertainment.
Millie (the bubbly Tamaddon) resides in a hotel whose ‘landlady’ Mrs Meers (Lucas Rush) actually a vile man is involved in people smuggling. Despite the stereotyping, Rush milks the laughs with his false Chinese accent. Richard Meek is even funnier when drunk as Millie’s heart-broken boss.
Michael Colbourne shines as Millie’s true love Jimmy Smith, and Lisa Bridge is dazzling as Millie’s friend Dorothy. Excellent support from Nicola Blackman (jazz singer Muzzy), and Guy Salim and Patrick Jeremy, as Chinese brothers, help director Racky Plews achieve a feel-good factor.
In addition, I thought the team at the New Theatre was simply great in ensuring everything worked including the lighting, ticketing, sound et cetera.
I would recommend this to anyone for a great night out.