Carolee Carmello will play Lily Garland in the Reprise! revival of Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's Tony Award-winning musical, On the Twentieth Century, playing UCLA's Freud Playhouse Jan. 21 Feb. 2, 2003.
Carmello joins the already announced Douglas Sills. Kristin Chenoweth, who was previously announced for the show, has dropped out.
Carmello starred on Broadway in Falsettos and Parade and Off-Broadway in A Class Act.
Sills was Tony-nominated for the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Since he has mostly acted in Los Angeles, starring in the Reprise! Mack and Mabel and South Coast Repertory's Much Ado About Nothing.
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, a corrupt and broke producer (Sills) is willing to go to any lengths to secure the services of one of his former actresses (Chenoweth), 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 1978 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 and Best Score.
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.
—By Robert Simonson
and Christine Ehren