On the 20th Century
ON THE 20TH CENTURY – The weekend preceding our scheduled night to see the show was fraught with anxiety. The incomparable Kristin Chenoweth got sick with a bronchial cough and was out of the show the preceding Friday evening, Saturday matinee and evening and Sunday matinee and the show was dark on Monday. Tuesday rolls around and the TONY noms are announced and Ms. Chenoweth is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical, not a big surprise, but will she be “on the boards” for Tuesday evenings performance??? Well the trouper that she is she did and she did NOT disappoint. Following in the footsteps of Madeline Kahn she has some big, talented shoes to fill and fill them she did!.
The show was glitzy, glam and an art deco perfection with a tapping quartet of porters, a krazy repentant evangelist and a prat falling stud holding his own with Ms. Chenoweth note for note. I’m usually not impressed with the glitzy set, high stepping, toe tapping, every number a production number but I can honestly say the energy and talent on stage at the American Airlines Theater is well worth the price of admission. Ms. Chenoweth is certainly a contender for Best Actress TONY, the production is certainly a contender for the Best Musical Revival TONY and the Roundabout should pat themselves on the back for a hit that will not only have a healthy run on Broadway but could tour equally as successfully. Get a ticket.