Tommy Krasker, co-founder of PS Classics and album producer, told Playbill.com, "As with most of our two-disc sets, from Sunday in the Park With George to Passion to Violet, it was all about: how do we preserve this production most effectively on disc? The original cast recording, of course, made trims in the title number, ‘Veronique,’ ‘Repent,’ ‘She’s a Nut’ and ‘Babette,’ and left out the three versions of ‘I Have Written a Play,’ plus ‘Max Jacobs.’ Those obviously had to be included. But there was also new, and glorious, dance and incidental music that I loved, that gave the new production much of its sweep and fluidity and flow, and some underscored passages that were brilliant – and when I mapped out my desired recording edition, we were at two discs. I will say, the cast and orchestra were delighted we were recording so much; it was a particularly joyous day in the studio."
The current track listing, which Krasker notes is subject to change, follows:
- Saddle Up the Horse / On the Twentieth Century
- "Where's the high priest of the theatre?..."
- I Rise Again
- "An angel of deliverance..."
- Oscar Jaffee / Lily Garland
- "My little accompanist is late..."
- Indian Maiden's Lament
- "What is your name, child?..."
- Veronique Playoff
- I Have Written a Play
- "Oscar Jaffee meant nothing to me..."
- Our Private World
- "Boys, I've got the play..."
- I've Got It All
- Life Is Like a Train
- "I have my checkbook right here..."
- I Have Written a Play
- Five Zeros
- I Have Written a Play
- "An anthology of womankind..."
- Sign, Lily, Sign
- She's a Nut
- Max Jacobs
- "First class all the way..."
- Because of Her
- Lily / Oscar
- "I had to do it to save you..."
- Finale Ultimo
On the Twentieth Century officially opened March 15 at the American Airlines Theatre for a run through through July 5. The album, which is due in stores May 19, is available for pre-order at the PS Classics website. Krasker notes that the expansive recording is priced the same as a one-disc set: "We wanted to give our customers — many of whom have been ordering with us since our first disc, back in 2000 — a little gift, so we’re offering this two-disc set at our website for the same price as a single disc."
On the Twentieth Century reunites RTC with Krasker, following the recording of the Tony Award-nominated revival of Violet last season. Krasker also helmed the Grammy-nominated cast albums of Roundabout's productions of Nine, Assassins and Sondheim on Sondheim. This album marks the eighth collaboration between RTC and PS Classics and is made possible in part by Elizabeth Armstrong and Ted and Mary Jo Shen.
The comic-opera score by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green is used to express the larger-than-life characters of flamboyant Broadway producer Oscar Jaffe and Lily, a movie star he hopes to con into signing with him for a new show.
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In Twentieth Century, Chenoweth, a Tony Award winner for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and a Tony nominee for Wicked, plays Lily Garland opposite film, television and Broadway star Peter Gallagher ("The O.C," "American Beauty," Guys and Dolls, The Country Girl) as Oscar Jaffe.
The cast also features Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) as Bruce Granit, Mark Linn‐Baker (You Can't Take It With You) as Oliver Webb, Tony winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Owen O'Malley and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens) as Letitia Primrose with Phillip Attmore (After Midnight), Justin Bowen (Chaplin), Preston Truman Boyd (Bullets Over Broadway), Paula Leggett Chase (Bye Bye Birdie), Ben Crawford (Big Fish), Rick Faugno (Show Boat with the New York Philharmonic), Jenifer Foote (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Bahiyah Hibah (Chicago), Drew King (Broadway debut, On Your Toes at Encores!), Analisa Leaming (Broadway debut, Pipe Dream), Kevin Ligon (Bullets Over Broadway), Erica Mansfield (Pippin), James Moye (Bullets Over Broadway), Linda Mugleston (Cinderella), Mamie Parris (Wicked), Andy Taylor (Once), Jim Walton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and Richard Riaz Yoder (White Christmas).
Roundabout associate artistic director Scott Ellis (a six-time Tony Award nominee for She Loves Me, Steel Pier, 1776, Twelve Angry Men, Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) directs On the Twentieth Century with choreography by Warren Carlyle, a Tony Award winner for After Midnight.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1978 under the direction of Harold Prince and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway is located at 227 West 42nd Street. For tickets, call (212) 719-1300 or visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.