2014-15 Season

Last Performance:
July 19, 2015

On the Twentieth Century

"Ridiculously sublime!" —Ben Brantley, The New York Times Critics' Pick
"This is the show of our dreams!" —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
"Five Stars! Next stop, Broadway musical bliss!" —Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Golden Globe® winner Peter Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Tony and Emmy® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?


On The Twentieth Century is the hilarious Tony-winning musical comedy from lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain), composer Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity), Tony-winning choreographer Warren Carlyle (After Midnight, …Drood) and seven-time Tony nominee director Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man, …Drood)  that’s back in the spotlight nearly 40 years after making its Broadway debut. This fun-filled musical journey to The Great White Way also stars Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky, …Drood), Drama Desk nominee Mark Linn-Baker (You Can’t Take It With You), Tony winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens).  Grab your ticket and hop onboard!
 
Based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur and Bruce Millholland
Original Broadway production directed by Harold Prince
 
ACCESSIBILITY
All Roundabout Theatre Company venues are accessible to patrons with mobility disabilities. The American Airlines Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Theatre and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre are fully accessible on both the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels, and Studio 54 is accessible on the Orchestra level only.
 
Major support for On the Twentieth Century provided by Edward M. Kaufmann and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. On the Twentieth Century benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.
 
Musicals at Roundabout are supported with generous gifts from: The Bok Family Foundation and Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger.

 


"Ridiculously sublime!" —Ben Brantley, The New York Times Critics' Pick
"This is the show of our dreams!" —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
"Five Stars! Next stop, Broadway musical bliss!" —Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Golden Globe® winner Peter Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Tony and Emmy® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?
 

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American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036  |  Ticket Services: 212.719.1300  |  View Seating Chart

Cast

Kristin Chenoweth
Lily Garland
Peter Gallagher
Oscar Jaffee
Andy Karl
Bruce Granit
Mark Linn-Baker
Oliver Webb
Michael McGrath
Owen O'Malley
Mary Louise Wilson
Letitia Primrose
Phillip Attmore
Ensemble
Justin Bowen
Ensemble
Preston Truman Boyd
Ensemble
Paula Leggett Chase
Ensemble
Ben Crawford
Ensemble
Rick Faugno
Ensemble
Jenifer Foote
Ensemble
Bahiyah Hibah
Ensemble
Drew King
Ensemble
Analisa Leaming
Ensemble
Kevin Ligon
Ensemble
Erica Mansfield
Ensemble
James Moye
Ensemble
Linda Mugleston
Ensemble
Mamie Parris
Ensemble
Andy Taylor
Ensemble
Jim Walton
Ensemble
Richard Riaz Yoder
Ensemble

Creative 

Betty Comden
Book & Lyrics
Adolph Green
Book & Lyrics
Cy Coleman
Music
Marco Pennette
Additional Material

Amanda Green
Additional Lyrics
Scott Ellis
Director

Warren Carlyle
Choreographer
Kevin Stites
Music Director

David Rockwell
Set Design
William Ivey Long
Costume Design

Donald Holder
Lighting Design
Jon Weston
Sound Designer

Larry Hochman
Orchestrations
David Krane
Dance & Incidental Music

John Miller
Music Coordinator
Paul Huntley
Hair & Wig Design

Scott Taylor Rollison
Production Stage Manager
Matthew Lacey
Stage Manager
Anne Ford-Coates
Make-Up Design
Aurora Productions
Production Management

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The New Broadway Cast Recording of the Tony-nominated revival of On the Twentieth Century is now available for purchase on the PS Classics website and iTunes.

The album is made possible in part through the generosity of Elizabeth Armstrong and Ted and Mary Jo Shen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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