Not-So-Modern 'Millie': Staging Controversial Classic Plays

March 19, 2014

The curtain just came down on Newton North High School's weekend-long production of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie." But now there's an encore not of their choosing. The school has been enveloped in controversy for staging the show which features what's been described as grossly stereotyped Asian characters. 


  • WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen explains how the controversy unfolded.
  • Neil Donohoe is the chair and the director of the Theater Division at the Boston Conservatory, and he staged “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with a student cast just a few years ago

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