Advance access for Broadway.com! Tickets are now available to see Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth return to Broadway in a forthcoming revival of On the Twentieth Century. The show will also star Tony nominee Peter Gallagher and play a limited engagement February 12, 2015 through July 5. Opening night is set for March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre.
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.
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.