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On the Twentieth Century - Full Length Musical, Comedy

On the Twentieth Century

Cy Coleman, Adolph Green, Betty Comden

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

12m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573681158

In this classic screwball comedy down on his luck theatre impresario Oscar Jaffee must convince his former flame Lily Garland to star in his latest production before the 20th Century Ltd. reaches New York City!

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Mainly on the Twentieth Century Limited from Chicago to New York. The early 1930s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

WINNER - 1978 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical
WINNER - 1978 Tony Award, Best Original Score
WINNER - 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
NOMINEE - 2015 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
NOMINEE - 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Musical
NOMINEE - 2015 9 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of a Musical
NOMINEE - 2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a Musical
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!


REVIEWS:

"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, Read More

"From harmonizing and tap-dancing porters to elaborately staged numbers and many bits of physical comedy in between, the show is a nonstop delight." - The New York Post, Read More


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.
Characters

CASTING

12m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

17 Principal roles, plus chorus.

CHORUS SIZE

Small

LILY GARLAND / MILDRED - Soprano; actress and star, spoiled, pampered, megalomaniacal: under it all intelligent and self-doubting.
OSCAR JAFFEE - Baritone; brilliant theatre impresario and director of indeterminate age: flamboyant, ruthless, megalomaniacal, indomitable in the face of total disaster.  
MAX JACOBS - Self importanat young producer: successful, intense, confident.
BRUCE GRANIT - Tenor; young leading movie man, Errol Flyn type: stud, vain, silly, egotistical
OWEN O'MALLEY - Baritone; Oscar's press agent: a boozer, sardonic, self-satirical. He and Oliver are Oscar's two loyal henchmen.
LETITIA PRIMROSE - Mezzo-soprano; middle-aged to oldish lady, presenting a picture of easy breeding, wealth and religious fervor: Actually she is a genuine nut on the loose.
OLIVER WEBB - Baritone; Oscar's company manager: plump, ulcerous, worried, fed-up: trying to bring a note of sanity to the surrounding madness.
AGNES - Llily's maid, suffering and bored.
BISHOP
OTTO VON BISMARK
ANITA
PREIST
JOAN
CONDUCTOR FLANAGAN - Typical solid type.
DR. JOHNSON
IMELDA THORNTON- Glamorous, imperious, fur-bedecked stage actress.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Medium

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

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

Song Samples

Overture

Stranded Again / Saddle Up the Horses

I Rise Again

Veronique

I Have Written A Play

Together

Never

Our Private World

Repent

Mine

I've Got It All

On the Twentieth Century (Reprise)

Entr'acte / Life is Like a Train

Five Zeros

Sextet

She's A Nut

Babbette

The Legacy

Lily, Oscar

On the Twentieth Century (Reprise)

Videos
  • On the Twentieth Century 2015 Tony Awards

  • On the Twentieth Century montage

  • On the Twentieth Century

Author(s)
Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman (June 14, 1929 - November 18, 2004) was born Seymour Kaufman in New York City. Despite early success in the classical and jazz genres, Coleman decided to build a career in popular music. Coleman’s most successful early partnership was with Carolyn Leigh. Coleman's winning streak as a Broadway composer began when the team of Coleman/Leigh collaborated on the musical Wildcat (1960), which ... view full profile

Adolph Green

Adolph Green

Adolph Green and Betty Comden (respectively, born December 2, 1915, Bronx, New York—died October 23, 2002, Manhattan, New York; born May 3, 1917, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—died November 23, 2006, Manhattan, New York;) were an American musical-comedy team who wrote scripts—and often the lyrics—for many Broadway shows and Hollywood film musicals. They were paired together longer than any other ... view full profile

Betty Comden

Betty Comden

Betty Comden and Adolph Green (respectively, born May 3, 1917, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—died November 23, 2006, Manhattan, New York; born December 2, 1915, Bronx, New York—died October 23, 2002, Manhattan, New York) were an American musical-comedy team who wrote scripts—and often the lyrics—for many Broadway shows and Hollywood film musicals. They were paired together longer than any other writing ... view full profile

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