Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

On the Twentieth Century

From 132 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

About the show

Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Golden Globe winner Peter Gallagher star as a temperamental actress and an egomaniacal impresario in a revival of the Tony-winning musical comedy. More…

It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?

2h 30m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (132)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever
Avg Score

Clever, Great singing, Fluffy, Extremely polished, Unmemorable melodies

See it if you love musicals or KCheno (she had to sip water thruout). Great set, costumes, big cast...but TC didn't gel. Wasn't crazy about Gallagher.

Don't see it if you want to be fully engrossed from start to finish. Some wonderful numbers, but not all (I found Babette annoying). Lavish production.

Also I'm catching up on reviews of shows I saw before joining Show Score. T... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Kristin Chenoweth at her absolute best. Incredible performance. Great memorable music. Wonderful story

Don't see it if you don't like perfect musicals

Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You like classic musicals, enjoy excellent music, are fans of Kristin Chenoweth and overall excellent performances.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals... What's not to love about this show?

Tedious, Muddled, Uneven, Dated, Great dancing

See it if you can muddle through a weird show for the amazing performances of Andy Karl, Mary Louise Wilson, and the 4 tap dancing porters.

Don't see it if you're expecting great work from the leads.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like light, madcap musicals with hilarious performances.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something heavy and thought provoking.

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Romantic

See it if Kristen Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl and Mary Louise Wilson were fantastic. The sets were beautiful and intricate.

Don't see it if You don't like light hearted musicals. Although this is one is so good I'd ecommend it anyway. You might find that you like it.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You're a big Kristin Chenoweth fan and want to see her at the top of her game.

Don't see it if Don't like quirky musical comedies that may not always deliver on laughs.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Great performances. Very funny.

Don't see it if Score was not terribly memorable.

Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Great singing

See it if you enjoy revivals that stay true to the original. Kristin Chenoweth was everything you could possibly want from a leading lady.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy classic, old school Broadway musicals.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Dizzying, Slow

See it if Want a classic musical, we'll sung and Kristen Chenoweth...great costumes

Don't see it if You want a thought provoking experience, this is a lot of sugar

Cliched, Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You love Alec Baldwin and Kristin Chenoweth, although they were disappointing in this show. you like old Broadway musicals.

Don't see it if You want to see a really good revival of a Broadway musical, you remember Chenoweth as a vivacious youthful performer.

Disappointing, Overrated, Great dancing, Weak story, Porters and andy karl stole the show!

See it if you are a fan of any of the lead actors and want to see some great comedic performances

Don't see it if you need a strong story line or memorable music. This was a very unsatisfying book

Also This production had lots of great elements to it, but the show itself ... Read more Read less

Banal, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you love Kristin Chenoweth and don’t mind one of the fluffiest, inconsequential plots every concocted

Don't see it if you like a little more modern in your theatre

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you love kristen and peter on stage.

Don't see it if you want something more than a train.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if Kristen C. Pure musical fun.

Don't see it if Looking for the original ... so many great are gone including Madeline Kahn and Imogene Coca

Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you like fluff, slapstick, silliness.

Don't see it if you get annoyed at stupid characters.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if You want to see one of the funniest shows to hit Broadway in recent years, with amazing performances by Chenoweth, Gallagher, and Karl.

Don't see it if You have no stomach for farce or physical comedy.

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you like good old-fashioned musical comedy/farce; a fun night of entertainment.

Don't see it if you dislike heightened comedy or characters that are not realistic or completely fleshed out

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are into belabored revivals with no memorable music. Even Kristin Chenowith couldn't save this one....

Don't see it if You have issues with the over acted slapstick type comedy or are looking for more than an old formulaic movie starlet focused plot

Must see, Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you have a pulse. just go.

Don't see it if you are dead

Dated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you like musicals

Don't see it if you want really great acting

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you like musical revivals.

Don't see it if you don't like Kristin Chenoweth

Also It is a very funny play. Kristin steals the show, but the guy is an in... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love old fashioned musicals.

Don't see it if You don't like sugary and sappy plots.

Cute, Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Overrated

See it if you're a big Kristen Chenoweth fan, or looking for a solid production of a forgotten old-fashioned musical.

Don't see it if you're looking for something thought-provoking & profound-- this is kind of silly & dated.

Dated, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you want a fun night at the theater, high production value, & a comedy.

Don't see it if you want something updated, don't enjoy tap, or dislike 20's style music.

March 16th, 2015
"In the theater, there is overacting. Then there’s over-the-moon acting, which is rare and occupies its own special cloud land in heaven. I am delighted to report that this latter art is being practiced in altitudinous-high style...Scott Ellis’s ripping, lavishly appointed revival of this 1978 mu...
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March 15th, 2015
"The 1978 musical itself is written in an affectionately arch style that combines comic operetta with farce and screwball sex-battle comedy...The action and the notes are at a higher pitch than we’re used to...'On the Twentieth Century' may be a cartoon, but it’s a Hirschfeld cartoon, and worth a...
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March 15th, 2015
"Especially when it moves and sings it sparkles like new, with each small detail detailed as if for the first time. But not everything works...The score, like the somewhat wayward script, only coheres under certain conditions, few of which are available anymore."
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April 3rd, 2015
"This strained farce is a musical stubbornly lacking in locomotion, its steam engine spouting plumes of desperation. While director Scott Ellis has a proven track record with comedy, he's off his game in this belabored revival...People sitting near me were roaring with laughter, so the show's cor...
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