Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth and Golden Globe winner and Tony nominee Peter Gallagher will co-star in a Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century, scheduled to begin previews at the American Airlines Theater, Feb. 12, 2015 in advance of a March 12 opening. The production, to be directed by Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (After Midnight), will be a limited-run 20-week engagement as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2014-15 season.
Based on plays by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht and Bruce Mullholland, On the Twentieth Century follows a madcap cross-country train ride from New York to Chicago in the 1930s. Hollywood star Lily Garland (Chenoweth) is being pursued by her former lover, down-at-the-heels impresario Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher) to headline his next Broadway extravaganza. The musical, featuring book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, opened on Broadway in 1978. The original stars were Madeline Kahn, John Cullum, Kevin Kline and Imogene Coca. It won five Tony Awards including Best Book and Score and went on to run 449 performances. Roundabout staged a revival of the play version in 2004 with Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche.
Chenoweth won a Tony Award for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and was nominated for Wicked. Her other Broadway credits include Steel Pier, The Apple Tree and Promises, Promises. She won an Emmy Award for ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Gallagher has won a Golden Globe Award as part of the ensemble of Short Cuts and a SAG Award for his ensemble work in American Beauty. He was nominated for Tonys for revivals of Guys and Dolls and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He most recently appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl. Further casting will be announced shortly. The previously announced Roundabout production of Noises Off has been postponed to the fall of 2015.