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Epic operetta farce, set on a famous train. A producer is desperate to get his leading lady on a contract.
WHAT: On the Twentieth Century. A musical.
WHO: Music by Cy Coleman. Book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on the plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, and Charles Bruce Milholland. Directed by Trace Oakley. Musical director: Alena Bernardi. Choreography by Averi Quinn Yorek. Produced by Proof Doubt Closer Theater Company. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
The glamorous passenger train Twentieth Century Limited, which ran between New York and Chicago between 1902 and 1967, is the main setting of this musical screwball comedy’s action.
Oscar Jaffe, an egomaniacal Broadway producer who has sustained a string of recent flops and is now dodging creditors, boards the train heading to New York. On the train, he spots his former Broadway leading lady and muse, Lily Garland, now a Hollywood movie star, and schemes to have her signed to star in his new play and thereby save his career and stay out of jail. But she’s on her way to meet with his competitor, Max Jacobs, to sign up for his play.
Jaffe believes he’s found an investor in a fellow passenger and heiress, the religiously fervent Letitia Primrose, who could write a check big enough to entice Lily to renew her working relationship with Oscar and save his show. But Ms. Primrose is certifiably insane.
There’s action, a little romance, fast-paced dialogue and a dash of slapstick.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Alena Bernardi, David Colville, Anagabriela Cordero, Georgean George, Tatiana Gomez, Stephen Juhl, Wade Kelley, Philip McBride, Rafael Orduna, Chelsea Pope, Nicole Sevey, Talya Sindel, Rowan Treadway and Rob Warner.
Set and lighting design by Rebekah Atwell. Costume design by Rachel Harmon.
Trace Oakley directs. He has over 50 directorial credits on shows in his hometown of Denver, on both coasts, and on national and international tours. His Los Angeles directing credits include The Accidental Club, Spindle City: The Lizzie Borden Musical, RuddiGORE, Pearly Gates, Crimes of the Heart, Bob Cratchit and Mr. Tightwad, Lovers and Other Strangers, Standing on My Knees and Carrie That Tune: Hit Songs From Flop Musicals.
The incomparable team of Coleman, Comden and Green ensure a great evening of musical fun and laughter with this epic operetta farce.
Presenter / Producer: ProofDoubtCloser Theatre Company
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 800-838-3006
5119 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90038
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 8/4/2017 - 8/27/2017
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:00.
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