The 2002 Tony Award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie opens Friday at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre for an eight-week run.
New York-based singer/actor/dancer Missy Dowse will make her Show Palace debut as Millie Dillmount, a role she did with Gray Wigs Repertory Theater group in Long Island.
Set in 1922, Millie is the story of a naive young Kansas girl who goes to the Big Apple in hopes of landing a rich husband, but inadvertently lands in a hotel for women with a flourishing Chinese kidnapping/white slavery racket.
The high-energy musical has a half-dozen songs by George and Ira Gershwin and nine new ones by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan. The cast of 21 includes Show Palace favorites and several new faces: Susan Haldeman, W.C. Green, Annie Janson, Joey Panek and Paulette Dozier.
Thoroughly Modern Millie has matinee and evening performances Friday through April 19 at the theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95; ages 12 and younger, $28.45 and $23.45, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.
Barbara L. Fredricksen, Times staff writer