Lowwriter, I'm with you. To me, ''Thoroughly Modern Millie'' is a fun and entertaining, Tony-winning musical. And as an Asian-American, I appreciated how book writer Dick Scanlan upended the racist stereotypes in the 1967 movie. The film featured Pat Morita and Jack Soo as two bumbling, comic henchman named ''Oriental No. 1'' and ''Oriental No. 2.'' But on Broadway, Francis Jue and Ken Leung played Bun Foo and Ching Ho. They were given a backstory (about trying to bring their mother to America) and even given a showstopping musical number (''Mujin,'' or ''Mammy''). And even though they originally assist Mrs. Meers in her schemes, they wind up rescuing Miss Dorothy, and one of them even ends up getting the girl!
And yes, ''Thoroughly Modern Millie'' could be a rare showcase for an Asian-American actress, like Ashley Park, in a leading role.
And if Encores really wants to ''Turn the Corner'' in casting, it'd also be refreshing if they cast a terrific Asian-American guy to play Jimmy.