Before it was a modern musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was a 1967 film by Richard Morris, starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Channing. It was a commercial and critical hit, and was nominated for seven Academy Awards that year.
Over a number of decades, Dick Scanlan, an actor, librettist, and writer, managed to convince Richard Morris to allow him to adapt the film into a musical. Once he received Morris’ approval, Scanlan set to work. In 1999, he brought on composer Jeanine Tesori to write a completely new score for the musical, compose new musical numbers, and