Next Stop... Broadway! Meet the Full Cast of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Opening Tonight
Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century officially opens tonight, March 15, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre. This is a limited engagement through July 5, 2015. Scroll down to learn more about the full company and watch interviews with the cast (who celebrated their originally planned opening on March 12) below!
The new Broadway production of the classic musical On the Twentieth Century stars Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Golden Globe, SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher, Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Tony winner Michael McGrath and Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson.
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY is choreographed by Tony 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 Green. The musical is based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Millholland. The original Broadway production was directed by Harold Prince.
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?
(Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland)
Broadway: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Steel Pier (Theatre World Award) Wicked;Promises, Promises; Epic Proportions; Scapin. Off-Broadway: A New Brain, Dames at Sea, The Fantasticks, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Strike Up the Band. Films: The Boy Next Door, Strange Magic, Rio 2, A Bet's a Bet, Hard Sell, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, RV, Running With Scissors, Stranger Than Fiction, Deck the Halls, Four Christmases. TV: "Descendants," "Pushing Daisies" (Emmy Award), "Glee," "The West Wing," "GCB," "The Good Wife," "12 Men of Christmas," "The Music Man," "Annie" and "Kristin." An Oklahoma Hall of Famer, Chenoweth has performed her solo concerts across the globe at legendary venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from UNCSA and OCU.PETER GALLAGHER
Broadway: The Real Thing (Clarence Derwent Award) andThe Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols, Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk nomination), Long Day's Journey Into Night (Tony Award nomination), Noises Off, The Corn Is Green (Theatre World Award), Comden and Green's A Doll's Life directed by Hal Prince, Grease (original production), Hair. Films:American Beauty (SAG Award); sex, lies and videotape and The Underneath by Steven Soderbergh; The Player and Short Cuts (Golden Globe) directed by Robert Altman; While You Were Sleeping; Dreamchild; The Idolmaker; upcoming: Hello, My Name Is Doris. Television: "The OC," "Law & Order: SVU," "Togetherness," "Covert Affairs," "Californication," "Rescue Me." Recordings: 7 Days In Memphis, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls. Solo show: How'd All You People Get in My Room.ANDY KARL
Broadway: Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination), Jersey Boys, Wicked,9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (original cast), Slut, Saturday Night. Other: Romeo & Bernadette (Carbonell nomination), Tommy. Film/TV: "Forever," And So It Goes, Joyful Noise, "Legally Blonde: The Musical," On the One, New York, I Love You. andykarl.com. Twitter: @andy_karlMARK LINN-BAKER
Broadway: You Can't Take It With You, Relatively Speaking,Losing Louie, A Year With Frog and Toad, A Funny Thing..., Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Face Value. Encores!: The Pajama Game. Joseph Papp's NYSF: All's Well..., Othello, Von Richthofen,The Laundry Hour, Alice In Concert. Off-Broadway: Almost An Evening, Chesapeake, A Flea In Her Ear, The Miss Fire Cracker Contest, Randy Newman's Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong. Film: Manhattan,My Favorite Year, Noises Off, How Do You Know. Television: Showtime's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "The Good Wife," "Ally McBeal," "Law and Order," "LO:CI." Starred on ABC's "Perfect Strangers" and "Twins." Co-founder/co-director of New York Stage and Film Company.MICHAEL McGRATH
McGrath won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Spamalot (Tony Award nomination), Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging On A Star (Theatre World Award), The Goodbye Girl and My Favorite Year. Michael also appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of Follies, The Boys from Syracuse and DuBarry Was A Lady. His Off-Broadway credits include: The Cocoanuts, The Butter And Egg Man, Game Show, Louisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway. Michael has appeared on television in "The Martin Short Show." His film credits include: The Interpreter, Changing Lanes and Ira and Abby.MARY LOUISE WILSON
On Broadway, Mary Louise was Big Edie in Grey Gardens (Tony Award), appeared in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Lincoln Center (Obie Award), Fraulein Schneider in the Broadway revival of Cabaret (Tony Award nomination), and Mrs. Morehouse in the Roundabout Theater's The Women. She portrayed fashion icon Diana Vreeland inFull 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 the Signature andBeard Of Avon at NYTW (Drama Desk nomination). Recent television appearances include: "Mozart in the Jungle," "Devious Maids," "The Sopranos," "Louie CK" and "Nurse Jackie." Film work includes:Nebraska, The Humbling, Step Mom, Klute, Green Card, She-Devil, Pet Semetary, Zelig and The Money Pit.PHILLIP ATTMORE
(Porter #1, Ensemble)
Broadway/NY: After Midnight, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Encores! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Tours/regional: Phillip Attmore: Moments Musicaux (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris), Fosse, Stormy Weather, 42nd Street. Film/TV: "So You Think You Can Dance" (season six), "Judging Amy," "Sisters," "Silent Tongue," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
(Train Secretary, Ensemble)
Credits include Chaplin the Musical on Broadway (Chaplin u/s), City Center Encores! (On Your Toes), Paper Mill Playhouse (Hero, A Funny Thing...,Forum), Goodspeed Musicals (Mickey, Hello! My Baby), Stages St. Louis (Tom Sawyer, Big River), Yale Institute for Music Theatre, NYMF, as well as CBS' "My Broadway Debut." BM, Music Theatre, Florida State University. Thanks to Nicolosi & Co., Scott, Warren and Mom and Dad!
PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD
Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway (Ensemble), Big Fish(Ensemble). National tours: Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Young Frankenstein (the Monster). Regional: the Muny, KC Starlight, VSC, USO on the USS Wisconsin. TV: "Guiding Light," "The 68th Annual Tony Awards." NFAA winner with Placido Domingo. Love to Mom, Dad, Haley, Syd, BRS/Gage, Jim and Mr. Kopel.
PAULA LEGGETT CHASE
(Imelda Thornton, Ensemble)
Roundabout: Bye Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin), The Pajama Game. Other Broadway: Curtains; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Kiss Me, Kate;Damn Yankees; Crazy for You; A Chorus Line. Also, Cabaret (w/Joel Grey), Applause (Encores!). TV: "The Sound of Music Live!," "30 Rock" (Randi), "Law & Order" (Judge Dorothy Parnell), "Unforgettable," "Bored to Death," "Odd Mom Out," "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?" (Mediva).
Roundabout debut! Broadway/New York: Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Big Fish (Don Price, Ed Bloom u/s), LES MISERABLES (u/s Valjean/Javert), Jasper in Deadland (Mr. Lethe), Irma la Duce, Merrily We Roll Along. Recordings: Frozen, Big Fish, 35MM. Love to DGRW, Crawford/FitzGibbons clans, his Kate and Moses.
Original Frankie Valli, Jersey Boys, Las Vegas (Best Singer);Show Boat (Lincoln Center, PBS); Revolution... (Minetta Lane); Fingers & Toes (Ivoryton). Film/television: Virgin Alexander (Alexander; Outstanding Actor, Orlando Film Festival), "The Following," "The Newsroom," "American Dreams," "America's Got Talent." Sixth Broadway show. Album on iTunes. Love to Joyce and Lena.
(Swing, Dance Captain)
Broadway: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Follies, Rock of Ages, A Chorus Line, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula, Annie Get Your Gun. Associate director/choreographer credits: Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson (NY Philharmonic, PBS),The Cradle Will Rock (the Acting Company). Jenifer is currently the associate director of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (national tour). Live gratitude.
(Can-Can Girl, Ensemble)
Broadway: Roundabout's revival of Pal Joey, Chicago(Velma), The Color Purple (co Nettie), After Midnight, Rock of Ages (Justice, Regina; DC) andMemphis (to name a few) have been the blessings that have led her to joining the amazing cast and artistic team of OTTC. Special thanks to her ZBC family.
Broadway debut! Massachusetts native. New York: On Your Toes (Encores!). Tour: Elf. Regional: Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Ogunquit, Westchester, Gateway, Kennedy Center. Thanks to Roundabout, casting, Bloc, Warren, Scott, Kevin, Sara, Angie. Fordham University, BA international studies and Spanish. Dedicated to every teacher, friend and family member for believing in me.
Broadway debut. New York: Pipe Dream, Where's Charley? (Encores!), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall). Tours: Annie, The Sound of Music. Regional: MUNY, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theatre, Magic Theatre, Geva Theatre, Infinity Theatre and Barrington Stage Company. Lotte Lenya Competition winner. BM, Eastman School of Music.
(Simon Finch, Otto Von Bismarck, Ensemble)
Roundabout: 1776. Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway; The Phantom of the Opera; Sister Act; Finian's Rainbow; Young Frankenstein; The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate; The Secret Garden. Highlights: Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Jeff Award, 1992 national tour), Forbidden Broadway (Off-Broadway), "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC).
(Can-Can Girl, Ensemble)
Broadway/NY: Pippin (u/s Fastrada), Evita, How to Succeed (u/s Miss Jones), Mamma Mia!, The Bandwagon (Encores!). Touring: A Chorus Line (u/s Cassie, Sheila, Maggie, Judy), Mamma Mia! (u/s Sophie), Radio City Christmas Spectacular. TV: "Kennedy Center Honors," "The Tony Awards." Many thanks to my parents, Alex, Donna, Miss Suz, Roundabout and the entire creative team!
(Max Jacobs, Ensemble)
Broadway/Off-Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, The Full Monty, Urinetown, Far From Heaven,Happiness, Dogfight, Closer Than Ever, Silence! Film/TV: Fair Game, Construction, The War r ior and the Sav ior , "The Mysteries of Laura," "Royal Pains," "The Onion News Network," "Law & Order," "The Today Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
(Dr. Johnson, Ensemble)
Broadway: Cinderella; Anything Goes; Young Frankenstein; Wonderful Town; Nine; Into the Woods; Kiss Me, Kate; On the Town. "Sound of Music Live!" on NBC. Off- Broadway/regional: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Denver Center), Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), Sunset Boulevard (Portland Center Stage), Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music (Muny), Kristina (Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall),Falsettos (Huntington Theatre), Happy End (A.C.T.).
Roundabout: 110 in the Shade. Broadway/national tour:Wicked (Elphaba), 9 to 5 (Judy), Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde. Off- Broadway: City Center's Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), Transport Group's See Rock City (Dodi/Lily). Regional: Goodspeed, Pittsburgh CLO, the Muny. TV/film: "State of Affairs," Killer Set. Thanks to all involved! Love to Johnathan. In memory of Mom and Dad.
(Congressman Lockwood, Ensemble)
Broadway: Once (Bank Manager), Moon Over Buffalo (Howard) with Carol Burnett, One Touch of Venus (Rodney), Titanic. National tours:The Producers (Leo Bloom), Cabaret (Ernst), Mamma Mia! (Harry). Film/TV: Geezers, The Sunshine Boys, "Law & Order," "CSI." Oberlin Conservatory graduate in cello, played Carnegie Hall, music captain of Once.JIM WALTON
(Conductor Flanagan, Ensemble)
Roundabout: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Death Takes a Holiday and Bye Bye Birdie. Other credits: Merrily We Roll Along, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, And the World Goes 'Round, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls. On PBS: "Crazy for You," "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert" and "Company: In Concert."
RICHARD RIAZ YODER
Yoder is happy to be tappin' his way back to Broadway with this show! OCU grad. Broadway/tours: White Christmas, 42nd Street. Regional favorites:Sophisticated Ladies, Hairspray, Ain't Misbehavin', Aida and Mousical. Thanks to ROTC, Warren, Scott, Sara and Kevin. Love to family/friends and Aaron. For my siblings!