Dodge directed and choreographed her first Broadway production, a revival of Ragtime in 2009. The production received 7 Tony Award Nominations including one for Dodge for Best Director of a Musical.
Dodge was born in Detroit, Michigan (where Hello, Dolly! premiered) , grew up in Southfield, Michigan and attended Vandenberg and Adlai Stevenson Elementary Schools and Birney Junior High graduating from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1973. As a child, she took dance lessons at the Julie Adler School of Dance in Oak Park, Michigan. She is the daughter of Myron and Jacqueline Milgrom, and her sisters are Carole Lasser, Paula Milgrom and Marianne Milgrom Bloomberg. Dodge received her degree in Speech Communication and Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating in 1977. Upon graduation, Dodge moved to New York City pursuing a career as a choreographer.
Her Kennedy Center production of Ragtime received four 2010 Helen Hayes Awards including one for her for Best Director, Resident Musical.
In its glorious opening tableau, "Ragtime" finds its purest, most exhilarating Expression . . More successfully than the lavish Broadway original -- Dodge manages to make the idea of a turbulently evolving America the star. . ."
-- Peter Marks, Washington Post
"Can less truly be more?
Director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge gives a definitive answer to that often-asked question with her glorious, high-powered revival of Ragtime, now at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower
Theater. Dodge has carved away some of the original Broadway production's indulgences, and, as a result, the story of America becoming itself in the early part of the 20th century evokes even stronger emotions
-- Michael Toscano, DC Metro
"Director/choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge concentrates on telling the story, not competing with the memory of the earlier production. Her swirl of the full cast in the openings of both acts are beautiful pieces of
-- Brad Hathaway, Potomacstages.com
|Vicki Lewis as Dolly gets a warm hello at the Maltz / Photo by Alicia Donelan|
Complete with a stunning set based on photos from The Hearst Castle, large orchestra and cast of 22 performers.
|Gary Beach as Horace Vandergelder and Vicki Lewis as Dolly Gallagher Levi tuck into some Harmonia Gardens chicken in 'Hello, Dolly!' at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Alicia Donelan|
She was inspired with the look and feel of the costumes from photos she saw of Hearst castle on a recent trip to San Simeon, California.
|Freddy Wittop's Original Dolly gown|
“We are ecstatic to be ending our season with a large-scale, song-and-dance extravaganza that will truly excite our audiences, and hopefully whet their appetites to renew their subscriptions for our upcoming 10th anniversary season,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s artistic director. “People of all ages will love this show.”
Gary Beach said to me, " I'd just say that this is my fifth production with MMD and I'm looking forward to the sixth. I love the way she's not afraid to shake these old chestnuts like "Dolly" up a bit, and make them "new"."
Here is the first review: Director and Star Deliver Fresh Hello Dolly As If It’s Brand New
Dodge’s direction is fluid, incorporating the set’s pair of moving staircases in varied ways.
As choreographer, she gives the dancing waiters a lengthy razzle-dazzle tap number, and she showcases Loehr’s impressive control and flexibility.
Many of the performances of Hello, Dolly! are already sold out. There is, and always will be, great affection for this tuneful adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. For the way this Dolly is sung, Dodge and the cast do deserve the crowd’s thunderous applause.
-Christine Dolan, Miami Herald
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