It’s 1922, in New York City, and plucky, perky Millie Dillmount has just arrived from Salina, Kansas. She has stars in her eyes, and is determined to be a success in the big city, boldly tearing her return ticket in two and declaring her dedication to a “modern” life (“Not for the Life of Me”). Bobbing her hair and shortening her skirt to fit the stylish flapper fashion, Millie is swept up in the energy of the big city. Very quickly, though, Millie finds herself stripped of her scarf, her hat, her purse and even one shoe -- she has been mugged (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”).
Desperate for help in locating her purse, Millie trips a young man in an attempt to get his help in retrieving her stolen items. The man, Jimmy, is thoroughly irritated by Millie, who he sees as a young upstart who should return to her small town before she’s eaten up by New York City. Nonetheless, defiant and confident Millie soon impresses Jimmy, and he decides to do a good deed for this strange young