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Twentieth Century

Twentieth Century

A Comedy.

Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche starred on Broadway in this hilarious adaptation of the classic comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles McArthur, directed on Broadway by Walter Bobbie. The play is about Oscar Jaffe, the egomaniacal Broadway director, and Lily Garland, the chorus girl he transformed into a leading lady. Bankrupt, with his career on a downslide, Oscar boards the Twentieth Century Limited and encounters Lily, now a temperamental Hollywood star. He’ll do anything to get her back under contract and back in his bed, but his former protégé will have nothing to do with him. All of the action takes place on board the legendary Twentieth Century train from Chicago to New York City where Oscar has 20 hours to persuade Lily to return to Broadway in his upcoming show. If he fails, it’s the end of the line.

For 7 men and 3 women, with doubling. Single set.

Kind Words

"This makes you fall in love with the theater all over again! . . . A really good time!"

Journal News

"Perfection! . . . A nostalgic moment of flawless parody . . . If you need to laugh, don't miss this one!"

Liz Smith

N.Y. Post

"Vintage snap and crackle!"
Newark Star Ledger

"A thrilling funhouse ride!"
The New Yorker

"A Hoot!"
The Wall Street Journal

"A breathless joyride! Hysterical, madcap mayhem!"



2 Tony Award Nominations

Winner Drama Desk Award Outstanding Set Design of a Play (John Lee Beatty)


- Broadway Production
The New Yorker
New York Post, Newsday and LA Times
Hartford Courant
Daily Pilot
The Long Beach Press-Telegram

Licensing Information

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Production Photos

The Broadway Production by the Roundabout Theatre Company,
Directed by Walter Bobbie
PC: Joan Marcus

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Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche

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Julie Halston, Dan Butler and Anne Heche

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Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche

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(l-r) Alec Baldwin, Dan Butler, Anne Heche, Julie Halston, Tom Aldredge

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Poster for International City Theatre Production, Long Beach, CA


Contact Information
©2006 Ken Ludwig.
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