On the Twentieth Century

St. James Theatre

Previews Began: February 9, 1978

Opening Night: February 19, 1978

Closing Night: March 18, 1979

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Music: Cy Coleman

Lyrics: Betty Comden

Adolph Green

Book: Betty Comden

Adolph Green

Oscar Jaffee, a theatre producer with four consecutive flops to his name, has a plan to turn his career around and bring a winning show to Broadway, but he’s got to act fast – exactly as fast as the train ride from Chicago to New York. The plan is simple: raise money, find a play, and entice Hollywood starlet Lily Garland to join the cast before the whistle blows at Grand Central Station. If he can make it all happen, he just might have a winning project on his hands.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Stranded Again………………Bishop, Actors, Singers
Saddle Up the Horse………………….Owen O’Malley,
                                                       Oliver Webb
On the Twentieth Century…………Porters, Letitia,
                                                  Conductor, Rogers,
                                              Flanagan, Passengers
I Rise Again………………..Oscar Jaffe, Owen, Oliver
Indian Maiden’s Lament….Imelda, Mildred Plotka
Veronique…………………Lily Garland, Male Singers
I Have Written a Play…………Conductor Flanagan
Together………………….Porters, Passengers, Oliver
Never…………………………………….Lily, Owen, Oliver
Our Private World…………………………….Lily, Oscar
Repent……………………………………………………Letitia
Mine…………………………………..Oscar, Bruce Granit
I’ve Got it All…………………………………….Lily, Oscar
On the Twentieth Century (Reprise)……Company

Act Two

Entr’acte: Life is Like a Train………………….Porters
I Have Written a Play (Reprise
I)…………………………………..Congressman Lockwood
Five Zeros………………Owen, Oliver, Letitia, Oscar
I Have Written a Play (Reprise II)…….Dr. Johnson
Sextet/Sign Lily Sign…………Owen, Oliver, Oscar,
                                               Letitia, Lily, Bruce
She’s a Nut………………………………………….Company
Max Jacobs…………………………………………………Max
Babbette……………………………………………………..Lily
The Legacy………………………………………………Oscar
Lily, Oscar………………………………………..Lily, Oscar
Finale………………………………………………….Company

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