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On The Twentieth Century (1978 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Cy Coleman , Betty Comden , Adolph Green Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  1. On The Twentieth Century: Overture (Orchestra)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 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) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 4:12Album Only
listen  3. On The Twentieth Century: I Rise Again (Oscar Jaffe, Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Veronique (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Singers) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. On The Twentieth Century: I Have Written A Play (Conductor Flanagan) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. On The Twentieth Century: Together (Oscar Jaffe, Porters, Passengers) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Never (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Our Private World (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. On The Twentieth Century: Repent (Letitia Primrose) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. On The Twentieth Century: Mine (Oscar Jaffe, Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. On The Twentieth Century: I've Got It All (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe) (Vocal)Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn;John Cullum 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. On The Twentieth Century: Reprise: On The Twentieth Century (Company) (Vocal)Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. On The Twentieth Century: Entr'acte: Life Is Like A Train (Porters) (Vocal)Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Five Zeros (Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb, Letitia Primrose, Oscar Jaffe) (Vocal)Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. On The Twentieth Century: Sextet (Owen O'Malley, Oliver Webb, Oscar Jaffe, Letitian Primrose, Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Bruce Granit) (Vocal)Imogene Coca;John Cullum;Madeline Kahn 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. On The Twentieth Century: She's A Nut (Company) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. On The Twentieth Century: Babbette (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. On The Twentieth Century: The Legacy (Oscar Jaffe) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. On The Twentieth Century: Lily, Oscar (Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, Oscar Jaffe, Singers) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. On The Twentieth Century: Reprise: On The Twentieth Century (Company) (Vocal)John Cullum;Imogene Coca;Madeline Kahn0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
  • Audio CD (November 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
1978's "On the Twentieth Century"--a brilliant musicalization of the classic 1930s screwball comedy "20th Century"--is one of the most tuneful, intelligent, and flat-out funny musicals ever committed to disc. The score is by Cy Coleman (it may well be his best); the book and lyrics are by the immortal Betty Comden and Adolph Green, working at the top of their own inimitable form.
And what a cast! Stars John Cullum, Madeleine Kahn, Imogene Coca, and Kevin Kline turn in superb performances--and their obvious delight at having such delicious, often over-the-top material to work with comes across beautifully on the recording. Among the score's highlights: the lovely "Our Private World," The wonderfully egomaniacal "I've Got It All" and "Mine," Act II's "Sextet," the title song, and Imogene Coca's never-to-be-forgotten "Repent."
So: All aboard! This is a madcap musical ride you'll want to take again ! and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant musical with a sparkling cast! April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Cy Coleman's opening notes evoke the power, feel, sounds and motion of a great train as it pulls out of the station and builds to top speed. And from that moment, this comic musical never slows down. Based on the classic John Barrymore - Carole Lombard comedy "Twentieth Century," the show centers on two strong characters: maniacal Broadway producer Oscar Jaffee (John Cullum), and his one-time protegee and lover Lily Garland (Madeline Kahn). As Oscar runs from his Chicago creditors after his latest flop, he orders his henchmen to get him drawing room "A" on the legendary train The Twentieth Century ("New York in sixteen hours/Anything can happen in those sixteen hours"). Oscar knows that Lily, now a movie star, and her current lover Bruce Granit (Kevin Kline) will soon be boarding and have reserved the adjoining room. If Oscar can sign Lily to do a new show with him, his career and reputation will be saved. Of course, Bruce has to try to stop Oscar from getting back into Lily's favor. In the meantime, a religious nut is loose on the train, slapping permanent-sticking stickers on even the most inaccessible locations ("Repent for the time is at hand"), everyone on the train seems to have a script they want to sell to the broke Oscar("I Have Written a Play, Mr. Jaffee"), and sweet little lady Letetia Primrose (Imogene Coca) may come to Oscar's aid ("Five Zeros").
Will Lily save Oscar's career? Do they still have feelings for each other? Will Oscar find a usable script to help him woo Lily? Listen to the album to find out.
My favorite numbers include: - The delight of the other passengers awaiting Lily's arrival in a number that spoofs our star-struck society.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it just for Madeline Kahn April 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Madeline Kahn originated the role of Lily Garland on Broadway, but she was let go just a few weeks into the run because of conflicts with Harold Prince. This was certainly too bad, because her performance on the Cast Recording of this show is one of the funniest ever--two songs in particular, "Veronique" and "Babette," are absolutely irresistible. In the first, Madeline as the nervous pianist Mildred Plotka is coached by Joh Cullum into taking the role of a heroic revolutionary of the Franco/Prussian War (who risked death simply because she wouldn't raise her skirts for Otto von Bismarck!) to the point where by the end the shy understudy has become utterly transformed into the confident matinee idol Lily Garland. The second, where she can't make up her mind between performing in a Somerset Maugham drawing room drama or a musical about the life of Mary Magdalene, is one of the funniest songs ever written, and Kahn's jazzy triumphant riffs at the end are absolutely unforgettably funny.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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When ON THE 20th CENTURY came out in 1977 critics found the show olf-fashioned and thus largeky praised only the famous set by Robin Wagner; now that time has passed, the score (and the wonderful complement of singers Harold Prince found for the cast) has held up wonderfully--this work may show Cy Coleman and Comden and Green at the very top of their game. The music is spectacular, from the thrilling overture to the wonderfully tricky "Sextette" with its beautiful central melody of Lily's ("But how could I have known/ That love from way back when/ Would flood my life again") and of course to the superb comic songs written particularly for Madeline Kahn, "Never," "Veronique," and "Babette."
Kahn's performance on the cd is a revelation: although she had to be let go from the show a month into it because she reputedly refused to give her all to it in performance other than here and on opening night ("You don't expect me to do this every night, do you?" she supposedly told Prince after he congratulated her after the premiere), she shows fully here what might of been. Her performance here shows how much she deserved the praise given to her character, Lily Garland, by the train's starstruck fans when they see her in the score's great highlight, the swooningly evocative "Together": "Up till now just empty days/ Made up what I call my life/ But today's a day of days/ I'll remember all my life."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!!
A great big, old fashioned, near operetta, slapstick good time musical!! I saw the original Broadway production about 6 weeks after it opened, Madeline Kahn had sadly departed the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tom George
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Is Like A Train
According to Broadway lore, following opening night of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY leading actress Madeline Kahn, utterly exhausted from the performance, informed theatrical... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Madeline Kahn on BROADWAY. though just for a few performances, they...
And she is Madeline at her BEST. Sadly her life was cut way too short by cancer. But it is awesome to have her performance caught here for eternity. In a great Musical. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by cats1usa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ride of Your Life!
One of the fondest theatrical memories I possess is of having seen "On the Twentieth Century" in its original production way back in 1978. Read more
Published on March 18, 2010 by Gregory Ginn
5.0 out of 5 stars The star of the show was the set
I saw this show in July, 1979, at the Aire Crown Theater in Chicago. The original touring company of the show starred Judy Kaye as Lily, Imogene Coca as Mrs. Read more
Published on November 25, 2008 by David S
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and Love and Luck May Be Changed...
With the advent of CDs, I found myself listening less and less to my albums, and eventually got rid of my turntable altogether. Read more
Published on November 7, 2008 by David Cady
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hope Renewed and Fate Re-Arranged"
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY was the first "original cast" album I bought 25 years ago. I've never been a particularly big fan of "stage musicals" - - even to this day I own only a... Read more
Published on September 17, 2008 by Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful musical comedy romp!
What a hysterical show! When you take the zany zing of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the wonderful music of Cy Coleman and the antics of John Cullum, Kevin Kline, Madelaine Kahn... Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by Kathleen Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy do I miss Madeline Kahn!
I saw Madeline do it in 1978, and thank God they recorded her. There are a lot of good performances, but there will never be anyone else quite like Madeline. Read more
Published on June 27, 2007 by Mildred Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest musicals I ever saw.
I was lucky enough to see "On the Twentieth Century" when I was in high school in 1978. I was blown away by the music and bought the album as soon as I got home. Read more
Published on January 28, 2007 by Michael F. Bruno
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Strangely enough, I believe it is just the way it is packaged. Heaven knows why. Enjoy it, it is one of my favorites!
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