Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical comedy. It was first made as a film in 1967 from a screenplay by Richard Morris, based on his original story, by director George Roy Hill. Julie Andrews starred in the title role, supported by Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, John Gavin, Beatrice Lillie and James Fox. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. It won the Academy Award for Original Music Score (composed by Elmer Bernstein) and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Channing.
Set in 1922, the story revolves around the adventures of Millie Dillmount, who escapes to New York City determined to get a job as a stenographer in order to marry her wealthy boss. Shedding her country girl clothing for the modern look of a "flapper", she takes a room at the Priscilla Hotel for Women, unaware it's a front for a prostitution ring. In short time, she finds herself involved with Jimmy Smith, an apparently ne'er-do-well paper clip salesman, Miss Dorothy "Just Perfect" Brown, a genteel aspiring actress, Trevor "Swell" Graydon, her no-nonsense boss, and Muzzy "Raspberries!" van Hossmere, a madcap heiress with a zest for the high life.
Musical stage version
In the early 2000s, the musical was adapted for the stage at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, with a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, new music by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan. It maintained the basic story line of the original but, in an effort to modernize, toned down many of the stereotypical traits associated with the Asian characters. It enjoyed substantial runs on both Broadway and in London's West End. The Broadway production won six 2002 Tony Awards - for Best Musical, Best Actress (Sutton Foster), Best Featured Actress (Harriet Sansom Harris), Best Choreography (Rob Ashford), Best Orchestrations and Best Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz), with additional Tony nominations for Marc Kudisch as Best Featured Actor among others. Later in the Broadway run, Susan Egan, Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Christopher Sieber and Leslie Uggams joined the cast at various times. The show ended its Broadway run in early 2004, and went on a national tour throughout the United States in 2004 and 2005. The show also toured the United Kingdom in 2005. An original Broadway cast recording is available on the RCA Victor label.
The music in the musical (but not the movie) for The Speed Test is derived from the patter song My Eyes Are Fully Open from Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.