'Century' a grand vehicle for Chenoweth

March 15, 2015 9:01 PM

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NEW YORK — When the Cy Coleman/Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical On the Twentieth Century opened on Broadway in February 1978, Kristin Chenoweth was not yet 10 years old. Yet you could easily mistake Roundabout Theatre Company's fizzy, fabulous new revival (four out of four stars) as a custom Chenoweth vehicle, tailor-made to accommodate her unique combination of talents.

Set in the early '30s, Century follows Lily Garland, née Mildred Plotka, a gawky pianist-turned-glamorous stage star-turned-fussy Hollywood diva, on a luxury coach from Chicago to New York. The role was introduced on Broadway by Madeline Kahn, one of Chenoweth's heroines; months later, after Kahn de...

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