Carmello Stars in L.A. On the Twentieth Century Jan. 21-Feb. 2, Gunton Replaces Sills

News   Carmello Stars in L.A. On the Twentieth Century Jan. 21-Feb. 2, Gunton Replaces Sills Los Angeles' Reprise! had long planned to produce the Cy Coleman-Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical On the Twentieth Century Jan. 21-Feb. 2, but now the operetta-styled comedy serves both as memorial to Green and 25th anniversary celebration. Carolee Carmello (Kiss Me, Kate, Parade) and Bob Gunton (Evita) lead the company.

Gunton, whose film credits include "The Shawshank Redemption" and "A Perfect Storm," steps in to replace the previously announced Douglas Sills. Sills pulled out of the production because of his parents' illness, the theatre announced. Carmello replaced Kristin Chenoweth earlier in the year.

On the Twentieth Century is a madcap musical set on a luxurious passenger train traveling between Chicago and New York during the Roaring '20s. On board, the corrupt and broke producer Oscar Jaffee (Gunton) is willing to go to any lengths to secure the services of one of his former actresses (and former lover) Lily Garland (Carmello), now a great movie star. Songs in the score include "Babbette," "Five Zeros," "I Have Written A Play," "I Rise Again," "I've Got it All," "The Legacy," "Life Is Like A Train (entr'acte)," "Lily," "Oscar," "Mine," "Never," "On the Twentieth Century," "Our Private World," "Repent," "Sextet," "She's A Nut," "Stranded Again," "Together" and "Veronique."

The 1977 musical comedy ran 460 performances at the St. James Theatre and netted two Tony Awards for its stars, John Cullum and Kevin Kline. It also won Tonys for Best Book, written by Comden and Green, and Best Score by Coleman, Comden and Green.

Completing the casting are two "Fraiser" players Dan Butler who plays the press agent Owen O'Malley and Mimi Hines, who plays the very rich, very religious Letitia Primrose. "Star Trek: Voyager"'s Robert Picardo is business agent Oliver Webb and Damon Kirsche (Reprise!'s The Most Happy Fella) is movie star and Lily Garland's current boyfriend Bruce Granit.

David Lee is the director. Gerald Sternbach is the musical director. Tickets are available by calling (310) 825-2101. The Freud Playhouse is located within Macgowan Hall at UCLA. Reprise! is on the web at http://www.reprise.org.