GREAT SHOW WITH A GREAT HISTORY.
Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth said that her next Broadway project will be a revival of the On the Twentieth Century, the stylish 1978 musical comedy set on the 20th Century Ltd., the luxury-liner train that used to travel between Chicago and New York City.
She played movie star Lily Garland in a Roundabout Theatre Company reading of the Tony Award-winning show by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Hugh Jackman and Andrea Martin were also in the reading, it was reported, respectively playing producer Oscar Jaffe (Lily’s old flame, hoping to revive his career by signing her to a play) and Letitia Primrose, a wealthy investor (and religious zealot) who promises to back their show.
“The next thing I do on Broadway will be On the Twentieth Century — I’m going to revive that show,” Chenoweth said on her Sept. 13 appearance on the talk show “The View,” on which she was promoting her new CD “Some Lessons Learned.”
IN THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION MADELINE KAHN WAS REPLACED WITH JUDY KAYE AND THE SHOW BECAME A SMASH. BEFORE THAT IT WAS SHIT. FUNNY HOW ONE ACTOR CAN CHANGE THE COURSE.