Will On the Twentieth Century, With Peter Gallagher and Kristin Chenoweth, Pull Into New York This Fall?
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award nominee Peter Gallagher will join Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth in a Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century this fall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Chenoweth (Wicked; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) previously stated that her next Broadway project would be a revival of the Tony Award-winning 1978 musical by composer Cy Coleman and lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The L.A. Times reports that the production will pull into New York this fall with director Scott Ellis at the helm. Chenoweth previously played movie star Lily Garland in a Roundabout Theatre Company reading of On the Twentieth Century. It was not revealed which role Gallagher would play; however, he's an ideal candidate for Oscar Jaffe, Lily's old flame.
An official announcement of the production has not been made.
Gallagher last appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl. His credits also include Noises Off, Guys and Dolls, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Real Thing. His numerous screen credits include "Covert Affairs," "The O.C." and "American Beauty."
Based on the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur comedy Twentieth Century, the original Broadway production of the musical opened at the St. James Theatre in February 1978, playing 449 performances before closing in March 1979. The original company, directed by Harold Prince, included Madeline Kahn, John Cullum, Kevin Kline and Imogene Coca. The musical won 1978 Tonys for Score (Coleman, Comden and Green), Scenic Designer (Robin Wagner), Book (Comden and Green) and actors Kline and Cullum. A national tour followed, starring Rock Hudson and Judy Kaye (she had taken over the Lily role on Broadway).
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