Smith: Don't tell 'Millie' to break a leg

Much of the buzz over "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at 6th Street Playhouse centers on the cast — on title actress Rebekah Pearson's right arm.

She was hurt at a rehearsal of the musical just one week before opening night of the run that continues through May 25.

In an early scene, wide-eyed Millie arrives in New York City in 1922 and promptly gets mugged. A thug grabs her purse and they engage in a brief tug of war.

As the crook yanks the purse away, "Millie" drops back on her bum. But this night, director Craig Miller recounts, the stage adrenaline flowed and "the struggle for the purse was, shall we say, a little more spirited than it had been."

Pearson hurtled backward and extended her right arm to break her fall. A bone in her wrist snapped.

She never considered dropping out of the play. The first cast placed on her arm was a heavy, clunky, plaster thing, but now she wears a lighter, shorter fiberglass one.

"I just forget about it and go on with the show," said Pearson, an actress and dancer with as much "guts, pluck, charisma and moxie" as dear Millie.


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