Inclusive Dates: 2014 - 2015
Production Files documenting the 2015 production of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Cy Coleman's On the 20th Century at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with set design by David Rockwell, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston, orchestrations by Larry Hochman, dance arrangments and incidental music by David Krane, music coordination by John Miller, music direction by Kevin Stites, and hair and wig design by Paul Huntley.
The production starred Kristin Chenoweth as Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Peter Gallagher as Oscar Jaffee, Andy Karl as Bruce Granit, Mark Linn-Baker as Oliver Webb, Michael McGrath as Owen O'Malley and Mary Louise Wilson as Letitia Peabody Primrose; with Rick Gaugno, Richard Riaz Yoder, Phillip Attmore and Drew King as Porters, Jim Walton as Conductor Flanagan, Justin Bowen as Train Secretary, Andy Taylor as Congressman Lockwood, Analisa Leaming as Anita, James Moye as Max Jacobs, Kevin Ligon as Simon Finch, Paula Leggett Chase as Imelda Thornton, Kevin Ligon as Otto Von Bismarck, Bahiyah Hibah and Erica Mansfield as Can-Can Girls, Mamie Parris as Agnes (and understudy for Lily Garland), Linda Mugleston as Dr. Johnson, Kevin Ligon and Earica Mansfield as Officers, and the rest of the non-starring-roles cast also acting as Actors, Passengers, and Ensemble. Justin Bowen, Paula Leggett Chase, Ben Crawford, Analisa Leaming, Kevin Ligon, James Moye, Linda Mugleston, Mamie Parris and Andy Taylor acted as understudies, with Preston Truman Boyd and Jenifer Foote as swings.
2015 Awards and Nominations:
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, Kristin Chenoweth (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Andy Karl (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, David Rockwell (nominee)
Tony Award, Best Costume Design of a Musical, William Ivey Long (nominee)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Revival of a Musical (nominee)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Kristin Chenoweth (winner)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Andy Karl (nominee)
Drama Desk, Outstanding Choreography, Warren Carlyle (nominee)
Written in 1977 and based on Howard Hawks' 1934 play Twentieth Century and the film of the same name, On the 20th Century the musical is part operetta and part screwball comedy. It tells the madcap romance story of theatre producer Oscar Jaffe and the mousy piano player Mildred Plotka who he transformed into starlet Lily Garland (and had an affair with), only to have her run off to grand success in Hollywood leaving him in the dust. Their paths cross again on the luxury train the Twentieth Century, en route from Chicago to New York City--characters abound on the train (including the wealthy and religious "nut" Letitia Primrose whose fortune is wooed by all), deals are made, anger and love are rekindled and it all turns into a happy ending by the finale.
This production featured four tap-dancing porters choreographed by Warren Carlyle.
Production Files span 3 Hollinger boxes consisting of 19 folders, two versions of the Playbill, the cast/family photo and a photo of the orchestra, a handful of marketing flyers, and a cd with Stage Management files.
Digital holdings on the Archive 1 server include the following folders:
Audience Services (Pdfs of on-sale memo and updates)
Education (Pdf of study guide)
Marketing (Majority jpeg photos from events)
Media (Many files, including B-roll, designer and instagram videos, photos and video from events including opening night, mp4 video footage, tv spots, etc etc)
Performance Reports (Pdfs and Word docs)
Playbill (29 jpeg scans)
Press (Pdfs supplied by Polk)
Production Photographs (Folders for Full Photo Set and Selects)
Props Images (Jpeg photos provided by Bobby Dowling of the rehearsal room, backstage and preset)
Script (Dated pdfs and Word docs with versions and rewrites)
Show Art (Image files for poster and window cards, as well as photo shoots for press use)
Stage Management Files OTTC (Folders include Actor Tracking, AEA, Blocking, Calendars, Company Manager, Costumes, Cue Sheets, Director, Music, Petty Cash, Press, Reports, Scenic, Schedule, Sound, Video, and many more)
Additional Marketing, contract and Artistic documents have yet to come to the Archive. There are costume pieces from the show in the collection, including Kristen Chenoweth's "Veronique" costume; props in the collection (in addition to the show props in Production Box 3 of the Production Files) include ....
Access Restrictions: Open and available to approved researchers by appointment only.
See folder details for specific restrictions.
Preferred Citation: On the 20th Century 2015, Roundabout Theatre Company Archive
This box contains the following folders:
Samuel French Reference Script
Original Working Script
Master Script 1
Master Script 2 with Old Pages
Director Notated and Blocked Samuel French Script
Stage Management Score
This box contains the following folders:
Set Design and Props
Stage Management Costume Paperwork