Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolf Green, music by Cy Coleman, this popular, Tony Award Winning play has run for decades, with roles being played by some pretty big names. The likes of Imogene Coca, Jose Ferrer, Gloria Swanson, Kevin Kline, and Madelline Khan, have thrilled audiences in this show, through the years. In the 1934 film version, John Barrymore and Carole Lombard played the lead roles.
A crowd pleaser, under the fast paced, inventive direction of Todd Nielsen, and in delightful period costumes by Alex Jaeger, this large cast wham bams us with sheer entertainment.
The set design, (on a train) by Bradley Kaye, was awesome, as was the clever way the cast handled set changes before our very eyes.
An old show biz, glamour years story, we meet the flamboyant "down on his luck" producer, Oscar, played with riotous "over the top" dramatic flair by Lego Louis. It is his mission to lure Lily Garland, (a famous movie star and ex-flame) back into his life, both professionally and romantically.
Barbara Passolt as Lily, gives a dynamic performance . . . and wow! . . . can she sing!
Impressive interludes throughout by the chorus of porters. Good jobs too, with great comedic timing, by Dink OíNeal, (as Bruce, Lilyís current beau) D. Ewing Woodruff, (Oliver) and Kurt Boesen, (Owen). Patricia Cullen was a riot as a religious nutcake, (Letitia Peabody).
Over 20 musical numbers, (most of them terrific) tie together the dialogue to tell this playful, zany story. My favorites were: "Our Private Worlds," (sung by Oscar and Bruce). Many talented singers here, and when the entire cast sings together, it sends chills up your spine.
For an evening guaranteed
to take your mind off your troubles, book a ticket on the train they call
"Twentieth Century." Itís a carload of fun and surprises to say the least
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Copyright 1997 The Tolucan