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Strictly Jazz Age In Award-winning Musical
Strictly Come Dancing's Joanne Clifton takes a step in a direction of a different kind of role when she stars in the lively musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Joanne Clifton plays a headstrong modern woman in the jazz age
Clifton, the bubbly sister of dancer Kevin Clifton in the BBC1 reality show, plays the lead role of Millie as she tours theatres nationwide with the production stopping off in venues including Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre in February.
The Thoroughly Modern Millie tour gets under way in January 2017, opening at New Wimbledon Theatre in London on Tuesday 17 January before visiting cities from Liverpool to Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow.
This is the stage version of the comedy musical movie that starred Julie Andrews. Set in the 1920s, it's an all dancing, lively caper that sees Clifton play the role of Millie, who investigates mysterious female kidnappings in the 1920s and finds love along the way.
Flapper girls feature in Throughly Modern Millie, which won awards when it was on Broadway
Taking you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, the show focusses on 'moderns' - independent, head strong female flappers like Millie Dillmount, who bobs her hair, raises her hemlines, gets a job and rewrites the rules of love.
World Ballroom Showdance Champion and Professional Dancer Joanne Clifton is no stranger to dancing on stage as she has performed in Face the Music, Burn the Floor, the Strictly Live Tour and Marilyn Monroe in the Norma Jeane Musical but for this tour, she will be showing off her acting skills too.
Thoroughly Modern Millie was the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway.
The show tours many cities in the UK
It's a vibrant show with fantastic dance routines including impressive tap dancing sections, even on a window ledge. Hit songs include Gimme Gimme and Not for the Life of Me.
Thoroughly Modern Millie UK tour Tickets start from £17.50.