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On The Twentieth Century

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On The Twentieth Century: Overture (Orchestra)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
3:38
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On The Twentieth Century: Medley: Stranded Again (Bishop, Actor, Singers) - b. Saddle Up The Horse (O'Malley, Webb) - c. On The Twentieth Century (Flanagan, Train Secretary, Rogers)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
4:12
 
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On The Twentieth Century: I Rise Again (Oscar Jaffe, Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
3:15
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On The Twentieth Century: Veronique (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Singers)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
3:52
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On The Twentieth Century: I Have Written A Play (Conductor Flanagan)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
0:48
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On The Twentieth Century: Together (Oscar Jaffe, Porters, Passengers)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
2:22
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On The Twentieth Century: Never (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
2:44
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On The Twentieth Century: Our Private World (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
3:25
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On The Twentieth Century: Repent (Letitia Primrose)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
4:03
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On The Twentieth Century: Mine (Oscar Jaffe, Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
2:18
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On The Twentieth Century: I've Got It All (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe)
Artist: Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn;John Cullum
4:29
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On The Twentieth Century: Reprise: On The Twentieth Century (Company)
Artist: Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn
0:33
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On The Twentieth Century: Entr'acte: Life Is Like A Train (Porters)
Artist: Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn
2:58
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On The Twentieth Century: Five Zeros (Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb, Letitia Primrose, Oscar Jaffe)
Artist: Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn
3:07
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On The Twentieth Century: Sextet (Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb, Oscar Jaffe, Letitian Primrose, Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Bruce Granit)
Artist: Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn
6:17
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On The Twentieth Century: She's A Nut (Company)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
3:41
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On The Twentieth Century: Babbette (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
4:16
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On The Twentieth Century: The Legacy (Oscar Jaffe)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
4:35
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On The Twentieth Century: Lily, Oscar (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe, Singers)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
2:42
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On The Twentieth Century: Reprise: On The Twentieth Century (Company)
Artist: John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn
0:55
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 64:10

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Terrific

PastorLiz

I saw this on broadway and also have the original, non-musical movie. I love the music and the lyrics are witty and wonderful

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One of the Best, Forgotten Bway Scores EVER!

amiam

I've been listening to this score for 30 years and it's one of my all-time, all-time favorites. It was a big hit at the time, but seems all but forgotten now. Cy Coleman score, Comden & Green lyrics, based on a classic Screwball comedy starring Madeline Kahn, John Cullem, a very young Kevin Kline and the legendary Imogene Cocoa - It doesn't get better than that!

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The 1978 Broadway musical On the Twentieth Century is an adaptation of Twentieth Century, the 1932 straight play and comic farce by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (in turn based on the unproduced play The Napoleon of Broadway by Charles Bruce Millholland) about Oscar Jaffe, a flamboyant theatrical producer on his uppers, who boards the 20th Century Limited train for a cross-country trip during which he hopes to lure his former protégé, the film star Lily Garland, also on board, back to the stage, and thereby return to solvency. The 1934 film version directed by Howard Hawks, and starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, was a classic, and lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green transfer much of its tone to the musical. They are well suited to do so, as veterans of sketch comedy and also the screenwriters of the similarly toned movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, another send-up of Hollywood. This is broad comedy requiring larger than life, over the top performances, and it gets them from John Cullum, channeling Barrymore, and Madeline Kahn, who is both a remarkable soprano and a remarkable comedienne. Another veteran is composer Cy Coleman, although he has not worked with Comden and Green previously. Coleman is a highly adaptable writer, and he mixes operetta with some ’30s jazz styles effectively in his music. This is not the sort of show that an audience is going to think much about after leaving the theater, and this is not a cast album of songs that will be memorable outside the context of the show. But when it’s going on, the show works like gangbusters, and the album serves as a good souvenir. – William Ruhlmann

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