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The Speed Test from Thouroughly Modern Millie

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Rappers have their own clothing lines, headphones, TV shows, and movie deals, but as far as I know, none have ended up on Broadway. That said, I just watched The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Milly, and the cast was spitting fire. With catchy lyrics and a bit of a dueling banjo theme of one-upmanship, I’ve had The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Milly stuck in my head since hearing it for the first time. I would probably be annoying everyone around me singing it to myself, but luckily for them, I don’t have anywhere near the coordination or lung capacity to even attempt this song.

The premise of the scene is that the main character, Milly, is on a mission to land herself a rich and powerful husband. She decides to go after Mr. Graydon, an eligible bachelor and a boss at the Sincere Trust. So she applies for a job as his stenographer and the song is her interview test. Mr. Graydon starts dictating at a reasonable pace, complaining about an order of floor wax. (That The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Milly succeeds in turning a song about something as mundane as floor wax into a Broadway hit speaks leagues about how well written it is). After writing what she is supposed to, and coolly crossing every “t” and dotting every “i,” Millie decides to up the ante by telling him he was a bit slow.

This is where the number starts getting good. While challenging her interviewer to make things more difficult might suggest Millie is not the savviest job hunter, she certainly succeeds in proving she is a good stenographer. Around this point, we get our first bit of comedy with Mr. Graydon shoving the rancid floor wax under Milly’s nose, and the song tempo starts getting quicker and quicker. I’m not fully sure why, but the refrain and mutual affirmation that “Hudson’s Floor Wax doesn’t matter” struck me as the funniest bit of the whole piece — unfortunately it was followed by a scene that I found to be a bit too long and too boring.

The typewriter/tap dancing of the song was drawn out and uninteresting. Mr. Graydon gives Milly two minutes to type the letter, and then the audience is treated to…. two minutes of watching her type the letter. Sure, it has a couple dancers in it, but this song’s strengths lay in the lyrics and vocalists, not the choreographers. While Millie is a great stenographer, she isn’t much of a typist, and is a mediocre tap dancer at best. Had her typing time been limited to 30 seconds, not only would the song have been better, but I would have more respect for Milly’s typing abilities too.

Despite the lackluster typing segment, I thought The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Milly makes a major comeback with the best part at the end. Somehow Mr. Graydon sings even faster than the insane pace he was maintaining before— I’m not sure who is playing him, but they might want to try being the first rap star to come out of Broadway. To wrap everything up, we are treated to a happy ending with Milly landing the job and being serenaded by her new co-workers.

Most musical pieces are about some sort of great trial or lost love. On the other hand, The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Milly is almost entirely about a spoiled jar of floor wax. Despite the mundane subject matter, its witty lyrics and incessantly accelerating tempo keep it fun and amusing. The Speed Test is by far the fastest paced Broadway song I have ever seen and I highly recommend you buy tickets for Thoroughly Modern Milly to enjoy it live.

The Speed Test (Typing Test) from Thoroughly Modern Millie

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I did a post a while ago about the fastest songs on broadway and completely forgot about one of the fastest ones from one of the trashiest and most fun shows, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Typing Test or The Speed Test is a song where she needs to be able to type fast, correctly and keep up with her boss. Unfortunately for her, she is able to do it and doesn’t get distracted with all of the people around her. It’s sort of like when you have deadlines at work.

You get frustrated because you know you have to get everything done and you don’t have much time. Unfortunately for Millie in the The Typing Test from Thoroughly Modern Millie, she is using a typewriter and not a computer. That means that if she makes a mistake, there is also no time to fix it. When you have tight deadlines and no time to check anything, especially if it is for your boss, you can get completely stressed out. Every noise, other people typing, etc… bugs you. What I love about this song is that it completely makes me think of deadlines and having to get things done quickly and correctly, but also makes it sort of fun.

The Typing Test from Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fun song that is hard to sing a long to. The music is very catchy and can easily get stuck in your head. I think that is one of the reasons that many people enjoy it. The Typing Test or The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Millie is a fun and fast broadway showtune that is great for listening to when you have a deadline or just to add to your mix for road trips. Here is The Typing Test or The Speed Test from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie

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So with yesterday’s overly dramatic post about Romeo and Juliet and A Boy Like That from West Side Story being the showtunes, I figured lets take the other side and choose a song from my cat’s side of the story.  Not only did I want something a bit more upbeat and happy, but I wanted something campy, trashy and absolutely fabulous.  The only show and song that could possibly do this, without a cast made up of mostly drag queens, is Thoroughly Modern Millie and the only song would be Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Since my cat is the one in the middle of the drama and wants me to be happy but also wants the guy out of my bed, why not sing the song Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The song is Millie singing to forget about him.  He’s not good for you.  It is about getting over a guy and being happy to be rid of him, even though it can be a hard thing to do.  So while you randomly break out into song after talking on the phone and dancing around the room, why not throw in tap dancing too?  I told you it was campy.

Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie is definitely a great showtune to put on your play list after you break up with someone if you need to have some songs which aren’t completely depressing.  No one wants to have to sit around their house depressed and thinking about the person they broke up with.  Even though depressing songs can make you feel better, if you listen to them for an hour or two and then redo your play list to have happy breakup songs like Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie you’ll see how much better you’ll feel.  You probably won’t end up tap dancing around the room, or you might, and you probably won’t end up with a chorus of tap dancing and singing back up dancers, but you may end up finding yourself feeling better about your decision to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend.  Forget About the Boy from Thoroughly Modern Millie is one of those break up songs that is happy, upbeat and perfect for you if you are in recovery mode from your break up.