Still Ill After Brief Return, On the Twentieth Century Star Will "Rise Again" This Weekend

News   Still Ill After Brief Return, On the Twentieth Century Star Will "Rise Again" This Weekend
 
Leading man Peter Gallagher, who returned to the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century March 3 after a week-long absence due to illness, will miss an additional three performances of the musical as he continues to recover.

Representatives for the Broadway revival informed Playbill.com that despite Gallagher's March 3 appearance, it was determined that additional time was needed for the actor to recover from a severe sinus infection that sidelined him from the show beginning Feb. 21. He will not perform March 4 or 5.

Understudy James Moye, who has performed the role of Oscar Jaffe in Gallagher's absence, will continue in the role until the star's scheduled return the evening of March 6. The revival co-stars Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Roundabout Theatre Company previously pushed back the show's scheduled March 12 opening night by three days in order to make up for the star's absence. On the Twentieth Century will now officially open March 15. The limited 20-week engagement will continue through July 5 at the American Airlines Theatre as scheduled.

Gallagher fell ill just prior to the Feb. 21 Saturday evening show, prompting a last-minute cancellation of that performance.

Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth
Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth Photo by Matt Hoyle

  The musical — featuring music by Cy Coleman and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green — 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.

Here's how Roundabout bills the classic: "It's nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (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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The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway is located at 227 West 42nd Street. For tickets, call (212) 719-1300 or visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.


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