‘On the 20th Century’ Review: Kristin Chenoweth Stars on Broadway

March 16, 2015 2:00 AM

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‘On the 20th Century’ Review: Kristin Chenoweth Stars on Broadway

Scott Ellis’s dazzling production of “On the Twentieth Century” looks like one of those legendary Broadway musicals that exists largely in our collective memory of great shows we never saw. Like those phantom productions, this 1978 tuner comes with a fine pedigree (book & lyrics by Comden & Green, music by Cy Coleman), has been mounted in high style and is performed with manic energy by a super cast toplined by charismatic stars Kirsten Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. For a lot of us, this is the show of our dreams.

In the 1930s, train travel was a glamorous, romantic adventure — exactly the tone that’s set at the top of the show when a singing chorus of stylishly costumed (by the inspired William Ivey Long) first-class passengers arrive at Union Station in Chicago to board the fabled Twentieth Century Limited ...

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