"The stunningly beautiful and imaginative set design by New York-based Paul Tate de Poo III, inspired by the Art Deco riches of the historic Will Rogers Auditorium itself, is—to quote the show’s Twenties slang—a peach. His backdrop painting of a New York cityscape of the 1920s—a “rhapsody in blues” homage to early 20th century painters such as Joseph Stella or John Sloan, perhaps?—drew a gasp and murmur when the curtain went up on opening night. A particularly beautiful Art Deco latticework panel dropped down at intervals to fill the stage, a layering device that let the next scene slowly reveal itself as the screen was lifted away" 

-  TheatreJones

"Prism Theatrics makes quite a splash with their inaugural production. The production values of this Millie are stellar. The set design, by Paul Tate dePoo III is truly incredible and looks every bit as impressive as a Broadway stage." 

- The Examiner

The strongest, most professional aspect of this production is its whimsical, expressionistic set, framed in Art Nouveau latticework flats that flow in and out with ease and speed. Far upstage a detailed, multi-faceted grey-hued panorama of New York City circa 1920 graces the full width and breadth of the back wall, giving a tangible, enticing sense of place to the production. (Set Designer — Paul Tate dePoo). It is one of the best articulated set designs I’ve seen in the region this year.

- Critical Rant






Meg Fofonoff + Stacey Stephens


Wendy Hall

Scenic Design:

Paul Tate dePoo III    

Costume Design:

Stacey Stephens   

Lighting Design: 

Zach Blane

Projection Design: 

Kevan Loney 

Sound Design: 

Brian McCoy 


*For over seven decades this seminal musical has continued to evolve on a journey that has reflected the ongoing development of the lyric theater. This epic musical spans 40 years in the lives of three generations of show folk, following their loves and heartbreaks, their ambitions and disappointments along the Mississippi River and in Chicago.