On the Twentieth Century

Musical - Original

St. James Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 9, 1978
  • Opening Date: February 19, 1978
  • Closing Date: March 18, 1979
  • Previews: 11
  • Performances: 449

Music: Cy Coleman

Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Synopsis

A down-and-out Broadway producer struggles to convince his former muse and lover, now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a play about Mary Magdelene, while dealing with her jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, in Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical adaptation of the play Twentieth Century.

 

Opening Night Cast

Imogene Coca in On the Twentieth Century Imogene Coca Letitia Primrose
John Cullum in On the Twentieth Century John Cullum Oscar Jaffee
Madeline Kahn in On the Twentieth Century Madeline Kahn Lily Garland
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Opening Night Production Credits

Betty Comden Betty Comden Book
Adolph Green Adolph Green Book
Cy Coleman Cy Coleman Music
Betty Comden Betty Comden Lyrics
Adolph Green Adolph Green Lyrics
Harold Prince Harold Prince Director
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1977 - 1978

 
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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Actress in a Musical Judy Kaye Nominee
1978 Outstanding Costume Design Florence Klotz Winner
1978 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Kevin Kline Winner
1978 Outstanding Music Cy Coleman Winner
1978 Outstanding Set Design Robin Wagner Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Theatre World Award Judy Kaye Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Actor in a Musical John Cullum Winner
1978 Actress in a Musical Madeline Kahn Nominee
1978 Book of a Musical Betty Comden
Adolph Green
Winner
1978 Direction of a Musical Harold Prince Nominee
1978 Featured Actor in a Musical Kevin Kline Winner
1978 Featured Actress in a Musical Imogene Coca Nominee
1978 Musical   Nominee
1978 Original Score Cy Coleman
Betty Comden
Adolph Green
Winner
1978 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Robin Wagner Winner
 
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