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With book and lyric by Comden and Green and music by Cy Coleman and a cast that includes Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century enjoys it’s first major Broadway revival. The musical premiered in 1978 on Broadway, and starred John Cullum, Madeline Kahn, Imogene Coca, and Kevin Kline. It was the season’s biggest Tony winner, capturing 5!

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    Preview: Feb. 12, 2015 Open: Mar. 12, 2015 Closed: Jul. 19, 2015


    Oscar Jaffe Peter Gallagher Lily Garland Kristin Chenoweth


    Music Cy Coleman Book and Lyrics Betty Comden and Adolph Green Director Scott Ellis Choreographer Warren Carlyle Set Designer David Rockwell Costume Designer William Ivey Long Lighting Designer Donald Holder

    Based on three different works, the 1934 Howard Hawks film Twentieth Century; the original 1932 play of the same name by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur; and Charles Bruce Millholland’s unproduced play about his experiences working for theater producer David Belasco, On the Twentieth Century takes audiences on a madcap train ride that is an express to hilarity. On the Twentieth Century offers us Oscar Jaffe, a struggling, downtrodden, and desperate Broadway producer, who fights to convince Lily Garland, a successful film actress who is also his former lover and muse, to come back to the Great White Way in an monumental drama. However, the drama, which takes as its subject Mary Magdalene, does not actually exist. As he fights to get Garland to commit to the new show, Jaffe must also deal with a range of miscues, surprises, and off-the-wall characters, including Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic. It is all set aboard the luxury train that has been christened The Twentieth Century.  
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  • The question in this musical is can Oscar Jaffe finally lure Garland back to the stage and salvage his sinking career in this crazy musical? Kristen Chenoweth play Garland and Peter Gallagher is Jaffe.