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New Perfomers Pour into On the Twentieth Century Concert

Yet more performers have climbed aboard the title train in the upcoming Actors' Fund benefit concert of On the Twentieth Century, which will glide through the New Amsterdam Theatre on September 26th.

Phillip Attmore, Brad Bradley, Josh Walden, Christopher Windam, Jen Foote, Robert Fowler, Bret Shuford and Mary Ann Hu as well as Kim Alvarez, Todd Buonopane, Kate Chapman, Lanene Charters, Joe Langworth, Lorin Latarro, Mark Ledbetter, Kristoffer Lowe, Mayumi Miguel, Elise Marie, Naomi Naughton, Craig Ramsey, Jermaine Rembert, Charlie Schwartz, Megan Sikora, Nell Snaidas and Mary Stout have all been added to the cast of the show, with more casting to be announced.

On the Twentieth Century will star Marin Mazzie as glamorous '30s movie star Lily Garland, who meets ex-flame director Oscar Jaffe (played by Douglas Sills) on the luxe train en route to New York. The concert will also star Christopher Sieber as Bruce Granit, Brad Oscar as Oliver Webb), Brooks Ashmanskas as Owen O'Malley, Jo Anne Worley as nutty Letitia Primrose, Robert Cuccioli as The Doctor, Kathleen Turner as Imelda Thornton, and Cheyenne Jackson, David Josefsberg, Andy Karl and Tyler Maynard, who were amongst the original cast of Altar Boyz.

On The Twentieth Century, which is considered by some musical theatre scholars to be the last truly classic musical comedy, boasts a screwball-operetta score by Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Comden and Green based their book on the original play by Bruce Millholland and on Ben Hecht's and Charles MacArthur's screenplay of the classic 1934 film Twentieth Century (which starred a self-parodic John Barrymore and Carole Lombard). The original production, which opened on February 19th, 1978 at the St. James Theatre, starred Madeline Kahn, John Cullum and Kevin Kline. The two actors would win Tonys and Kahn was nominated; the musical also picked up Tonys for its score, book and for Robin Wagner's scenic design, which famously featured a moving art deco train. Harold Prince was also nominated for directing the musical, which ran for 449 performances.

Peter Flynn will helm the Actors' Fund's staging of On the Twentieth Century; it will be choreographed by Denis Jones and Tim Pinckney will take care of the concert adaptation. As he did for the preceding Actors' Fund concerts (such as Funny Girl, Chess and Dreamgirls), Seth Rudetsky will serve as the Artistic Producer in addition to handling the musical direction. The concert will feature sets by Paul Weimer, costumes by Rob Bevenger, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Scott Stauffer.

A 2004 Roundabout revival of the play Twentieth Century starred Anne Heche as Lily and Alec Baldwin as Oscar.

Tickets for On the Twentieth Century range in price from $75 to $2,500 and can be purchased by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133 or visiting www.actorsfund.org.




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