On The Twentieth Century (1978 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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The movie from 1934, starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, was the first of the classic screwball comedies. This 1978 update set to music is a fitting tribute. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Railwayac
The original album distills the heady mix of outsized grandeur and frothy light comedy. Cy Coleman's music is what Offenbach or Sullivan might have written if they'd lived to hear... Read morePublished 11 months ago by W. Scott Smoot
Great show. Great cast. Different from the Roundabout production.Published 13 months ago by Mark Radziejeski
You have to listen to this more than once before you full appreciate the lyrics, I'd suggest watching the movie it's based on beforehand to appreciate how perfectly It captures the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ComedyOhio
Since I saw the original, I wanted to have that music again after seeing the revival on Broadway. I like both for different reasons, but think some of the voices worked better... Read morePublished 15 months ago by S Jersey Don
Loosely based on the 1930s play and movie comedy, this fine and fun musical with book and lyrics by Comden and Green and music by Cy Coleman proves that Broadway could still mount... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Allen Smalling