The day was gray and ordinary. All it needed was for someone to make the sun shine bright – and I had high hopes that might be a certain magical nanny, currently dominating the stage at the Muny.
Of course Cinderella ends up with Prince Charming. She’s beautiful, obedient and always cheerful. Who wouldn’t be smitten? I was 7 years old. “But, what about me?” I wondered. “What’s in store for girls like us?” The answer seemed painfully clear.
The St. Louis MUNY’s 94th season has opened fresh and bright in many theatrical aspects with the energetic Thoroughly Modern Millie. The stage musical was based on a 1968 film musical of the same name, but with a lot of the plot and music replaced. It won the TONY for Best Musical in 2002.
When the meek inherit the earth, Seymour Krelborn (Rob McClure) will be standing in line, tripping over his own shoelaces. He is a nebbish who works at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in the slums where “the folks are broke” and “your life’s a joke”. Seymour sleeps in the basement, wilting alongside his exotic botanical companions.