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Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath & Mary Louise Wilson Join Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY




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Book & Lyrics by                                                                               Music by            

Choreographed by WARREN CARLYLE

Directed by SCOTT ELLIS

Previews begin February 12, 2015

Official opening March 12, 2015

Limited engagement on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that the new Broadway production of the classic musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY starring Tony® & Emmy® Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as “Lily Garland” and Golden Globe & SAG Award winner & Tony® nominee Peter Gallagher as “Oscar Jaffee,” will feature Tony® nominee Andy Karl as “Bruce Granit,” Mark Linn-Baker as “Oliver Webb,” Tony® Award winner Michael McGrath as “Owen O'Malley” and Tony® Award winner Mary Louise Wilson as “Letitia Primrose.” On The Twentieth Century will be choreographed by Tony® Award winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony® nominee Scott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman and book & lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph GreenOn The Twentieth Century is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Mullholland. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince.

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY will play a 20-week limited engagement through July 5, 2015, beginning previews on February 12, 2015 and opening officially on March 12, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back Tony Award nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) following Roundabout’s critically acclaimed 2012 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Mark Linn-Baker, who currently appears on Broadway in You Can’t Take It With You returns to Roundabout following the 2001 production of A Flea In Her Ear.

Tony Award winner Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It) is back on stage at Roundabout after the 1998 production of Little Me.

Film, television and Broadway veteran Mary Louise Wilson (Grey Gardens) returns to Roundabout after last appearing in the 1998 production of Cabaret and the 2001 production of The Women.

The full cast will be announced shortly.

The creative team includes David Rockwell (Sets), William Ivey Long (Costumes), Donald Holder (Lights), Jon Weston (Sound), Kevin Stites (Musical Director), Larry Hochman (Orchestrations) and David Krane (Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

On the Twentieth Century benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Fund with lead gifts from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Perry and Marty Granoff.

Major support for On the Twentieth Century provided by Edward M. Kaufmann and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Musicals at Roundabout are supported with generous gifts from: The Bok Family Foundation and Cynthia Wainwright and Stephen Berger.


Tickets forOn the Twentieth Century are currently on sale. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. To purchase tickets and for more information on subscriptions and VIP seats please visit or call 212-719-1300.

Single tickets for regular performances of On the Twentieth Century range in price from $67-$147.


KRISTIN CHENOWETH (Lily Garland). Emmy® and Tony® Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. In 2009, she received an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daises.” In 1999, she won a Tony® Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy® Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth recently performed to sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. This fall, Chenoweth is hosting the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which will include her own concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” where she will perform a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  The concert will be filmed for a PBS television special that will air on November 28, 2014 and will be released as a live CD and DVD. Chenoweth will return to Broadway in 2015, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth CenturyUpcoming film and television projects include: “The Boy Next Door,” “Opposite Sex,” “Hard Sell” and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie “Descendants.” Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Opera Performance. This year, she formed a new charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Kristin is also a passionate supporter of charities that dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need, such as: the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, The Red Cross, Broadway Cares EFA, The Point Foundation, ASTEP, breast cancer awareness, adoption advocacy and organizations supporting animal welfare. TV: The West Wing,” “The Good Wife,” “G.C.B.,” “Glee,” “The Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas,” “Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man,” “Rob Marshall’s Annie,directed by Rob Marshall, Sesame Street,” “Kristin,” “Sit Down, Shut Up” and “Ugly Betty.” FilmRio 2Family WeekendHit and RunYou AgainDeck the HallsRVBewitchedRunning with ScissorsThe Pink PantherStranger Than FictionSpace Chimps and Into Temptation. Theater: Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Apple TreePromises, PromisesMusic in the AirStairway to ParadiseEpic Proportions and Steel Pier (Theatre World Award), Roundabout Theatre’s Moliere’s Scapin and Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore. Also, commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Chenoweth concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century.

PETER GALLAGHER (Oscar Jaffee). Born in New York City, Peter Gallagher is an award winning actor at home on stage, film and TV. He last appeared on Broadway in 2008 in Mike Nichols’ production of The Country Girl co-starring with Frances McDormand and Morgan Freeman. Previously he has starred in The Royal National Theatre’s hit revival of Noises Off, the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson (Drama Desk Nomination), Long Day’s Journey Into Night opposite Jack Lemmon (Tony Award nomination), Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing also directed by Mike Nichols (Clarence Derwent Award), The Corn is Green starring with Cicely Tyson (Theatre World Award), and Harold Prince’s production of the Comden and Green musical, A Doll’s Life. Gallagher made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Hair and then joined the original Broadway production of Grease in the role of Danny Zuko. In film, Gallagher made his debut in Taylor Hackford’s The Idolmaker and has done over 50 films since then, including sex, lies & videotape and The Underneath for Steven Soderberghand The Player and Short Cuts(Golden Globe Award) for Robert Altman. Gallagher received a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Buddy Kane in the Academy Award® winning American Beauty. Other films include DreamchildHigh Spirits , Watch it, The Hudsucker Proxy, While You Were Sleeping, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Center Stage, Mr. Deeds, Burlesque, ConvictionAdam and Step Up Revolution. On television, Gallagher will be returning this summer for the fifth season as Arthur Campbell in the international spy drama Covert Affairs. He has also just completed a recurring role in the first season of Mark and Jay Duplass’ new comedy for HBO,Togetherness. Previously, Gallagher starred as Sandy Cohen on, “The OC,”as Dean Koons opposite David Duchovny on “Californication,” Father Phil on Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me”and as Whitney’s father, Vince, on “Whitney” as well as roles on “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Nick Kroll Show” for Comedy Central.Gallagher’s other television work includes the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning miniseries “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” “Terrible Joe Moran,” “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” for Robert Altman, “Fallen Angels” for Steven Soderbergh, “The Big Knife,” and “Path to Paradise.”As a singer, Gallagher recorded an album, 7 Days in Memphis, for Epic Records and is featured on the soundtracks for Pal JoeyGuys and DollsA Doll’s Life and others. He continuesto perform his one-man show, How’d All You People Get in My Room? all over the countryGallagher was honored with a Light onthe Hill Award and a Jumbo Award fromTufts University. He also received the Steve ChaseHumanitarian Award from The Desert AIDSProject. He serves on the National AdvisoryCouncil of the Alzheimer’s Association, and is presently co-chair of the National Board ofAdvisors for the Actor’s Fund.

ANDY KARL (Bruce Granit) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards this past season for his critically acclaimed performance as “Rocky Balboa” in the Broadway musical Rocky. Karl previously starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination), 9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever, Altar Boyz (OCC Award), Slut, Saturday NightRomeo and Bernadette (Carbonell nomination). Film credits include: And So It Goes, directed by Rob Reiner, Joyful Noise, “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods,” and New York, I Love You.

MARK LINN-BAKER (Oliver Webb) can currently be seen on Broadway in the revival of You Can’t Take It With You under the direction of Scott Ellis. Other Broadway credits include Relatively SpeakingLosing LouieA Year With Frog And ToadA Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Drama League nomination), Laughter on the 23rd FloorFace Value and Doonesbury.City Centre Encores! credits include: The Pajama Game. Mark has also appeared in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival in: All's Well That Ends WellOthelloVon RichthofenThe Laundry Hour and Alice In Concert (with Meryl Streep). Off-Broadway he has appeared in Almost An Evening,Chesapeake (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), A Flea In Her Ear (Drama League Honor), The Miss Fire Cracker ContestMaybe I'm Doing It Wrong; as well as productions at EST, LaMama, West Bank Theater and Phoenix Theater, among others. Regional credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Rep, ART Cambridge (founding company member), Arena Stage and Center Stage. On film Mark has appeared in: Manhattan,My Favorite YearNoises Off and How Do You Know. Television credits include: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “The Good Wife,” “Ally McBeal,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Full House,” “Cooper,” “Miami Vice,” “Moonlighting,” eight seasons as Larry Appleton on ABC's “Perfect Strangers,” and opposite Melanie Griffith on WB's “Twins”. Mark is a co-founder/co-director of New York Stage and Film.

MICHAEL McGRATH (Owen O'Malley) won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Born YesterdayMemphisIs He Dead?Spamalot (Tony nomination),Wonderful TownLittle MeSwinging On A Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of FolliesThe Boys from Syracuse and DuBarry Was A Lady. His Off-Broadway credits include: The CoconutsThe Butter And Egg ManGame ShowLouisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway. Michael has appeared on television in The Martin Short Show. His film credits include: The InterpreterChanging Lanes and Ira and Abby.

MARY LOUISE WILSON (Letitia Primrose) has appeared on Broadway as “Big Edie” in Grey Gardens (Tony Award), “Fraulein Schneider” in Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret (Tony Nomination), and “Mrs. Morehouse” in Roundabout’s The Women. She also appeared in Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award) and portrayed fashion icon Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop,which she co-wrote with Mark Hampton (Obie, Drama Desk awards). Other recent Off-Broadway plays include Love, Loss and What I Wore; Bosoms and Neglect at Signature Theatre; and Beard of Avon at New York Theatre Workshop (Drama Desk nomination). Recent television appearances include: “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Devious Maids,” “The Sopranos,” “Louie C.K.,” and “Nurse Jackie.” Film work includes: NebraskaThe HumblingStep MomKluteGreen CardShe-DevilPet SemetaryZelig, and Money Pit.

BETTY COMDEN (Book & Lyrics) appeared in the films Garbo Talks and Slaves Of New York, and authored a collection of essays published under the title Off Stage. Ms. Comden is survived by her daughter, Susanna Kyle.

ADOLPH GREEN (Book & Lyrics) appeared in the films SimonMy Favorite YearLily In LoveI Want To Go Home, and The Substance of Fire, and as Dr. Pangloss in the television broadcast of Candide, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Green is survived by his wife, Phyllis Newman, and their children, Adam and Amanda. Highlights of Mr. Green's 2014 Centenary Celebration have included the announcements of Broadway revivals of On the Town and On the Twentieth Century and a live NBC broadcast of Peter Pan.

In a partnership spanning nearly 60 years, Betty Comden and Adolph Green received Tony Awards for their lyrics and/or librettos for ApplauseWonderful TownHallelujah Baby!On The Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies. Other Broadway credits: On the TownPeter PanBells Are RingingDo Re MiSubways Are For Sleeping and A Doll's Life. They wrote the screenplays and/or lyrics for the motion pictures Good NewsOn the Town,Singin' In The RainThe Band Wagon, It's Always Fair Weather (Academy Award nomination) and Auntie Mame, among others. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1991.

CY COLEMAN (Music) (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 piano composition and orchestration at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts and NY College of Music. Despite early success in the classical and jazz genres, Coleman decided to build a career in popular music. He changed his name at age 16 in time to use it on his first compositions with lyricist Joe A. McCarthy. The two collaborated on the classics “Why Try to Change Me Now,” The Riviera,” and “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life.” He also penned, "Playboy's Theme," which became the signature music of the regular TV shows and specials presented by Playboy. Coleman’s most successful early partnership was with Carolyn Leigh. The pair wrote many pop hits, including “Witchcraft,” for Frank Sinatra and “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally for Tony Bennett. Coleman's winning streak as a Broadway composer began when the team of Coleman/Leigh collaborated on the musical Wildcat (1960), which marked the Broadway debut of comedienne Lucille Ball. The score included the hit tune "Hey Look Me Over.” Up next for the two was Little Me, with a book by Neil Simon based on the novel by Patrick Dennis (Auntie Mame). The show introduced “Real Live Girl” and “I've Got Your Number,” which became popular standards. In 1965, Coleman began collaborating with Dorothy Fields. Their first project was the Broadway smash Sweet Charity, again with a book by Neil Simon, and starring Gwen Verdon. The show was a major success and spawned the showstoppers “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” The Peggy Lee pop recording of the song “Big Spender” also created additional buzz for the Broadway play after it became a mammoth hit and spent several weeks at the top of the charts in tandem with the play’s Broadway run. Sweet Charity also went on to grace the silver screen in a film starring Shirley MacLaine that was Directed and Choreographed by Bob Fosse. After Sweet Charity the team of Coleman/Fields worked on the Broadway show Seesaw, which reached Broadway in 1973 and their partnership was cut short by Fields' death in 1974. Coleman remained prolific throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He composed the score for I Love My Wife (1977) with lyrics by Michael Stewart, and then On The Twentieth Century (1978) with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. In 1980, Coleman served as producer and composer for the circus-themed Barnum, which introduced theatergoers to Jim Dale and Glenn Close. Later in the decade, he collaborated on Welcome to the Club (1988) with A.E. Hotchner and City of Angels (1989) with David Zippel with book by Larry Gelbart. In the latter, inspired by the hard-boiled detective film noir of the 1930s and '40s, he returned to his jazz roots, and the show was a critical and commercial success.

The 1990s brought two more new hit Cy Coleman musicals to Broadway: The Will Rogers Follies (1991), again with Comden and Green, and The Life (1997) with lyricist Ira Gasman. A hit revival followed in 1999 with Little Me(Roundabout), starring Martin Short. Shortly before his death in 2004, Coleman returned to his jazz roots re-forming the popular Cy Coleman Trio performing to sold-out audiences throughout New York City. Coleman's film scores include Father GooseThe Art of LoveGarbo Talks and Family Business. In addition, he composed scores for memorable television specials for Shirley MacLaine, Bob Hope, and Peggy Lee. Cy Coleman has received numerous awards including: Grammy's (3 wins, 13 nominations), Tony's (3 wins, 11 nominations), Emmy's (3 wins, 5 nominations), Oscar (one Nomination for Sweet Charity), Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Mercer Award (Songwriter's Hall Of Fame), and the Richard Rogers Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Musical Theater (ASCAP).

WARREN CARLYLE. Broadway: director/choreographer of After Midnight (Tony® Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Astaire Award Winner for Outstanding Choreography 2014, Tony® Nomination Best Director 2014), ChaplinHugh Jackman, Back on BroadwayFinian’s Rainbow (two Drama Desk nominations) and A Tale of Two Cities; choreographer of Follies (Drama Desk nomination), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and A Christmas Story The Musical (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Carousel (New York Philharmonic, Emmy nomination), On Your Toes (City Center Encores!), Cotton Club Parade (Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Center), Girl CrazyOn The TownFinian’s RainbowJuno and Stairway to Paradise (all Encores! at City Center).

SCOTT ELLIS (Director) is currently represented on Broadway with You Can’t Take It With You. Prior to that he directed The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony nomination, Best Direction of a Musical; Tony nomination, Best Revival of a Musical), the critically acclaimed production of Harvey starring Jim Parsons, the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce (Tony Nomination, Best Direction of a Musical), The Little Dog Laughed (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination), Twelve Angry Men (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations), Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All The Luck starring Chris O’Donnell, The Rainmaker starring Woody Harrelson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award nominations), Company, Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Award nominations), She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award, Olivier Award for Best Director London Production), Picnic, A Month In The Country Starring Helen Mirren. Off-Broadway Credits Include Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Understudy, Streamers, Mr. And Mrs. Fitch, Good Boys And True, The Waverly Gallery, The Dog Problem, Flora, The Red Menace, Dark Rapture, That Championship Season, and The World Goes ‘Round…The Songs Of Kander And Ebb (Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle nomination). For television, the Executive Producer on Showtime’s “Weeds” for the three years. Other credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “30 Rock” (Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series), “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife”, “Hung,” and “The Closer”. A graduate of Chicago Goodman School of Drama and is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company. Upcoming: The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper on Broadway.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton & Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.

The 2014-2015 Roundabout Underground production will be Little Children Dream of God, a new play by Jeff Augustin, directed by Giovanna Sardelli.

Roundabout’s production of Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer), is playing at Studio 54.

Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes; Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; and Stephen Karam’s The Humans, directed by Joe Mantello.

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