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MTC Premiering Broadway Classic This Weekend

6ABC anchor and Moorestown Theater Company regular Rick Williams will play one of the leads in the company's performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie.'

The opening numbers from Moorestown Theater Company's "Thoroughly Modern Millie," featuring Elizabeth Deal (center, in red) as Millie. Credit: Provided
The opening numbers from Moorestown Theater Company's "Thoroughly Modern Millie," featuring Elizabeth Deal (center, in red) as Millie. Credit: Provided
6ABC anchor Rick Williams will put his recognizable baritone to a more entertaining use this weekend when Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) premieres tap spectacular Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Williams, of Moorestown, plays Trevor Graydon, one of only two male leads in the Tony Award-winning musical, which follows a small-town girl who heads to 1920s New York City looking to marry a wealthy man. Williams—along with the rest of his family—has appeared in many MTC shows, and this is his ninth as a lead performer.

The anchor said part of the appeal of the show is its humorous, lighthearted tone—which stands in contrast to Williams' often somber day job.

Graydon, he said, is "pretty much kind of an arrogant goofball. He's a funny character, which is why I like him. I like comedic characters."

Williams and his wife took tap lessons over the summer in preparation for the show. Besides being good practice, he said tap is "great exercise" and "good couple time."

For Tamlyn Orlando, who choreographed Millie and last year's 42nd Street, the appeal of tap is all about the energy it brings to a show.

"It's different than other types of dance," she said, "because you have this whole other element, which is the sound ... It literally makes you want to tap your feet."

Besides its infectious energy, Orlando believes families will love the show for its fun, uplifting story.

"It's a great show for young kids," she said. "There are some strong female leads in the show ... It could be very inspiring (for young girls)."

Thoroughly Modern Millie opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road), with additional shows at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues its run next weekend with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and a final show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. 

You can buy tickets to the show here or at the door.
Mark Morgan November 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Hi Patch Readers, Our "Opening Night" performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" went great last night. We would love to have you play your part as "Audience Members". I promise you that you will enjoy yourself. And why not make it a Moorestown double-header by having dinner before tonight's show or after tomorrow's matinee at one of Moorestown's many great restaurants or at Passariello's Pizzeria, which is MTC's Production Partner for "Millie"? You can see a list of these other restaurants that are members of the Moorestown Business Association at www.MoorestownBusiness.com. You can buy tickets to this great musical (with our live 15-piece orchestra!) at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org (or at the door). "Community Theater only survives with Community Support!" Thanks, and see you at the show! Mark Morgan Producing Artistic Director, Moorestown Theater Company President, Moorestown Business Association

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