On the Twentieth Century

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On the Twentieth Century

Cy Coleman, Adolph Green, Betty Comden

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f, 12m

Book and Lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden
Music by Cy Coleman
Based on a play by Ben Hecht and Charles McArthur and also a play by Bruce Milholland

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 12m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 1978 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
    Winner! 1978 Tony Award, Best Original Score
    Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
Description
Whether performed with elaborate scenery or on a simple scale, this brilliantly comic musical appeals to audiences everywhere. As in the classic original, the story concerns the efforts of a flamboyant theatrical impresario Oscar Jaffe to persuade glamorous film star (and former amour) Lily Garland to appear in his next production while outwitting rival producers, creditors and religious nut Letittia Primrose. And all this before the 20th Century Ltd. reaches NYC!
History
On the Twentieth Century was first presented on Broadway by The Producers Circle 2, Inc., Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, James Cresson, and Martin Richards at the St. James Theatre in New York City on February 19, 1978. It was directed by Harold Prince.

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Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Mainly on the Twentieth Century Limited from Chicago to New York. The early 1930s.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5f, 12m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
LILY GARLAND / MILDRED - soprano, a film actress
OSCAR JAFFEE - baritone, a producer
MAX JACOBS
BRUCE GRANIT - tenor, narcissistic heartthrob
OWEN O'MALLEY - baritone
LETITIA PRIMROSE - mezzo-soprano
OLIVER WEBB - baritone
AGNES
BISHOP
OTTO VON BISMARK
ANITA
PREIST
JOAN
CONDUCTOR FLANAGAN
DR. JOHNSON
IMELDA THORNTON
Casting Notes

17 Principal roles, plus chorus.

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Small

Materials

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Piano/Conductor’s Score
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clainet, Soprano Saxophone)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet)
Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet)
Reed IV (Bassoon, Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone)
Trumpets I & II
Horns I & II
Bass
Percussion
20 Chorus Books

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Press

"Spectacular, funny and elegant...civilized wit and wild humor." - The New York Times

"A perfect musical...A gorgeous show!" - New York Post

"A rare delight: a musical that tells a story and does so with delicious wit. A hilarious American sequel to My Fair Lady." - Hartford Courant

Song Samples

Overture
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Stranded Again / Saddle Up the Horses
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I Rise Again
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Veronique
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I Have Written A Play
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Together
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Never
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Our Private World
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Repent
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Mine
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I've Got It All
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On the Twentieth Century (Reprise)
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Entr'acte / Life is Like a Train
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Five Zeros
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Sextet
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She's A Nut
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Babbette
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The Legacy
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Lily, Oscar
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On the Twentieth Century (Reprise)
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Videos

  • On the Twentieth Century 2015 Tony Awards

  • On the Twentieth Century montage

  • On the Twentieth Century

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Authors

Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman (1929–2004) was born Seymour Kaufman in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx. A child prodigy, Coleman gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall and Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine. His educational background included classical training in pian ...

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Adolph Green

Adolph Green (1914-2002) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with his longtime creative partner, Betty Comden. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause, Wonderful Town, Hallelujah Baby ...

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (1917-2006) was an award-winning screenwriter, librettist and lyricist, co-writing with her longtime creative partner, Adolph Green. Comden and Green had a groundbreaking partnership of over 60 years, winning Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for Applause, Wonderful Town, Hallelujah Baby ...

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