On the Twentieth Century

Opened: February 19, 1978
Closing: March 18, 1979

On the Twentieth Century - 1978 - Broadway History , Info & More

St. James Theatre (Broadway)
246 West 44th St. New York, NY

Based on the play Twentieth Century by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur and Bruce Milholland

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The Milwaukee Art Museum will present the first museum exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to the work of renowned London-based multidisciplinary artist Idris Khan in 2024.

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Experience the emotional depth and powerful storytelling of August Wilson's Fences at Shakespeare & Company. Follow the struggles of Troy Maxson as he navigates dreams, regrets, and a longing for a different life. Don't miss this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, part of Wilson's acclaimed American Century Cycle. Get your tickets now!

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Video: Celebrate 45 Years of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 19, 2023

45 years ago, on February 19, 1978, On the Twentieth Century opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Watch videos of the original and revival casts!

Christine Ebersole, Judy Kaye, and More Will Reunite on BACKSTAGE BABBLE
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Slovo Theater Group, Matt Braunger & More Announced for The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage December Schedule
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Millennium Stage will offer free live community performances, streamed live, plus online programs and film screenings, Wednesday–Sunday each week throughout our campus.

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Raymond Gubbay Limited is pleased to announce that the The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will once again tour the UK in 2021 and 2022, accompanied by the Russian State Ballet Orchestra, presenting its iconic and classical repertoire of THE NUTCRACKER, SWAN LAKE, SNOW MAIDEN, CINDERELLA and ROMEO AND JULIET, brought to life with magical special effects.

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In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history!


Stranded Again
Saddle Up the Horse
On the Twentieth Century
I Rise Again
Lily Garland [i]
Indian Maiden's Lament
I Have Written a Play
Our Private World
I've Got It All
Five Zeros
She's a Nut
Max Jacobs
The Legacy
Lily, Oscar
This Is the Day
Grand Central Station
Lucky Lily
Happy Birthday, Oscar Jaffe
This Biz Is the Lowest Biz There Is
Dear John Ringling
Lily Garland [ii]
On the Twentieth Century has had 8 productions including Broadway which opened in 1978, Broadway which opened in 1978, US Tour which opened in 1979, West End which opened in 1980, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1985, Broadway which opened in 2005, Broadway which opened in 2005 and Broadway which opened in 2015.
Best Musical , , Best Book of a Musical for Betty Comden, Best Book of a Musical for Adolph Green, Best Direction of a Musical for Harold Prince, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Betty Comden , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Adolph GreenBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cy Coleman and Best Scenic Design for Robin Wagner.
Best Book of a Musical for Betty Comden Best Book of a Musical for Adolph Green Best Direction of a Musical for Harold Prince Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Betty Comden , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Adolph Green, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cy Coleman, Best Scenic Design for Robin Wagner, .



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