Neglected Musicals – On The Twentieth Century – ON SALE NOW!

Published on 17th Feb, 2012

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On The Twentieth Century is the next musical presentation on Monday 5 March at 2pm and 8pm at the Darlinghurst Theatre.

Directed by Stuart Maunder – Musical Director Luke Byrne – Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Music by Cy Coleman

Musical theatre legend John Diedrich will star as Oscar Jaffee the flamboyant producer who will stop at nothing to have a hit. Katrina Retallick returns to Neglected Musicals as Lily, star of the silver screen. Rock of Ages star Michael Falzon will play matinee idol Bruce Granit who is determined to cling to Lily’s star. Lara Mulcahy will play the role made famous by Imogene Coca. Rounding out the cast are Blake Ericson, Mark Simpson, Jay James Moody and Elise McCann who will be supported by a small ensemble; Erica Byrne, Jocelyn O’Brien, Tim Dal Cortivo, Richard Woodhouse.

Based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, and Bruce Millholland. By arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Inc.

On The Twentieth Century opened on Broadway in 1978 directed by Harold Prince and starred John Cullum, Madeline Kahn, Imogene Coca and Kevin Kline. It ran for 11 previews and 449 performances and had a production on the West End in 1980 which ran for 165 performances.

Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1932 showbusiness farce, Twentieth Century was turned into a musical where most of the action takes place aboard a train – the Twentieth Century Limited, as it speeds from Chicago to New York. Producer Director Oscar Jaffee, the flamboyant high priest of Broadway is now in desperate straights and makes a last ditch effort to rise again by signing tempestuous movie star Lily Garland to act in his next epic.

Songs include On The Twentieth Century, I Rise Again, Veronique, Never and Babbette.

Monday 5 March at 2pm $35 general admission

Monday 5 March at 8pm $35 allocated seating

NEGLECTED MUSICALS is a theatre initiative dedicated to presenting musical theatre that has never (or rarely) been seen in Australia, whether it be that the musicals were not considered commercial enough for an Australian season or they just didn’t get picked up by an Australian producer.

A musical chosen to be presented by NEGLECTED MUSICALS may have had a long run on Broadway and the West End but never made it to Australia or may have had a short run off Broadway to critical acclaim but didn’t go any further for one of a hundred reasons. It may even have been a financial flop overseas but have artistic merit and worth a look.

Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers. All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical.

Phone bookings can be made by calling 0487 436 709 or click here for online bookings.

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