NJIT & Rutgers-Newark Present: Thoroughly Modern Millie

BY Melissa Bee

NJIT & Rutgers-Newark Present: Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Department present “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from March 6 to March 10 in the Jim Wise Theatre at Kupfrian Hall. The performance is directed by Michael Kerley and is a straightforward adaptation of the Broadway musical.


Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the namesake 1967 film. The story focuses on a small-town girl, Millie, who moves to New York City and embraces the flapper lifestyle. She tries to marry for money rather than love, a “modern” idea in the 1920s. The original Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002 led to 6 Tony Award wins, including Best Musical.

Gretchen vonKoening, who plays the part of Mrs. Meers, the villainous owner of the Hotel Priscilla where Millie stays, said, “The musical is really fun because you not only get to hang out with a bunch of people you’re friends with, but nothing can replace the joy of acting, and this is an extremely fun role.” Gretchen is an NJIT student of Industrial Design.

The musical director and the choreographer are especially excited about this musical selection and look forward to the show.

The Production Manager, Rodney Reyes created a teaser trailer for the musical on YouTube, which can be viewed here. It stars the lead actors and is a cute introduction to the performance.

The Theatre Department produces two works every semester, generally a play and a musical, both with all-student casts. The shows alternate between NJIT’s Jim Wise Theatre and Rutgers-Newark’s Bradley Hall. The department boasts that many of their graduates have gone on to work at NJPAC or created their own theater companies.

Tickets to the Rutgers-NJIT production of Thoroughly Modern Millie are $10 for students and seniors or $12 otherwise. You can buy tickets online, reserve them through email (, or buy them at the door. Performances are March 6 – March 9 at 7 pm and March 10 at 2:30 pm.

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