American Molly Marie Walsh is to play Millie Dillmount opposite Russell Grant in the Off West End premiere of six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, based on the 1967 film, will play at Theatro Technis, north London from October 1-25.
Molly played The Witch in Into the Woods and appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Forbidden Broadway in the US.
In London she recently played Mrs. Crachit in Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol at the Tabard and Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Battersea Barge.
The rest of the cast are: Poppy Teirney, Graham Macduff, Scott Royal, Katriona Perrett, Carlos Mapano and Prem Rai.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is set in the Roaring Twenties flapper era.
Ittells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce.
Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the mysterious Mrs Meers (Russell Grant), the leader of a white slavery ring in China.
Russell Grant says: “Once in a while a role comes along that you have secretly coveted. It’s a role I always wanted to perform but was never likely to be offered – until now!”