It’s been discussed for years (no really, years) and it’s finally coming true! Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth will return to Broadway in a forthcoming revival of On the Twentieth Century. As previously speculated, Chenoweth will star opposite Tony nominee Peter Gallagher in the Roundabout Theatre Company production, set to begin performances on February 12, 2015 prior to a March 12 opening night at the American Airlines Theatre. The previously announced revival of Noises Off, led by Tony and Emmy winner Andrea Martin, which was originally scheduled to play at the venue starting in January 2015, has been postponed to fall 2015.
Directed by Scott Ellis, with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland's jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career.
Chenoweth was last seen on Broadway in the revival of Promises, Promises. She won a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and received a nod for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked. Her many TV credits include an Emmy-winning turn on Pushing Daisies, as well as Glee and The West Wing. Gallagher received a Tony nomination for his role as Edmund Tyrone in the 1986 production of Long Day's Journey Into Night. His additional Broadway credits include The Country Girl, Noises Off, Guys and Dolls and Grease. His screen credits include sex, lies and videotape, American Beauty, Covert Affairs, The OC and Californication.
On the Twentieth Century will feature choreography by Warren Carlyle, set design by David Rockwell, costumes by William Ivey Long and lighting design by Donald Holder. The original Broadway production was directed by Hal Prince and opened in February 1978 at the St. James Theatre. The musical received five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
The revival will play through July 5. Complete casting will be announced at a later time.