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On the Twentieth Century

Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Cy Coleman
Based on a play by Ben Hecht and Charles MaCarther and also a play by Bruce Milholland

On the Twentieth Century is a lively musical comedy set in the 1930s, featuring a glamorous journey aboard a luxury train where egos clash, romance blossoms, and theatrical shenanigans unfold, delivering a delightful blend of humor and heart.

This production is made possible by our generous season sponsors, Michael and Mona Heath.


Praise for On the Twentieth Century

"... here's a chance to hear one of (Coleman)'s best scores fervently sung by young voices and this consistently likable and earnest troupe... All in all, here's a trip for retro Broadway fans who like their musicals up yet roaring down the track." -Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"On the Twentieth Century absolutely shines as it showcases the considerable talents of everyone involved." -Karen Topham, Chicago on Stage

"On the Twentieth Century is ultimately a luggage car full of laughs. And this production is a clear labor of love from Blank Theatre’s creative team, whose passion and care for the material sounds as loud and clear as a train whistle." -Zac Thriffiley, Broadway World

"Whether you’re a long-time fan or a newcomer to this classic, this production is a must-see, offering a splendid ride from start to finish." -Frank Meccia, Around the Town Chicago



Oscar Jaffe: Max DeTogne

Lily Garland: Karylin Veres

Letitia Peabody Primrose: Alicia Berneche

Bruce Granit: Christopher Johnson

Owen O'Malley: Dustin Rothbart

Oliver Webb: Nick Arceo

Agnes/Ensemble: Lili Galluzzo

Doctor Johnson/Ensemble:  Mai Hartwich

Max Jacobs/Ensemble: Shea Hopkins

Porter/Ensemble: Nicholas Ian

Anita/Ensemble: Blaire Prince

Conductor/Ensemble: Laura Sportiello

Dr. Johnson/Ensemble (6/2-6/8): Sara Dolins

Understudies: Brandon Dallman, Mai Hartwich, Shea Hopkins, Abbey Loria, Charlie Mann, Morgan Schoenecker

Production Team

Director: Danny Kapinos

Musical Director: Aaron Kaplan

Choreographer: Jen Cupani

Lighting Designer: Ellie Humphrys

Scenic Designer: Rose Johnson

Costume Designer: Cindy Moon

Intimacy Designer: Greta Zandstra

Stage Manager: Kyle Aschbrenner

Technical Director: Stina Taylor

Fight Choreographer: Tony Pellegrino

Associate Music Dir.: Kevin Zhou

May 10 - June 9, 2024
Bramble Arts Loft
5545 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

(Located on the second floor, accessible by elevator)

Run time: 2hr 20min with one 15-minute intermission

NOTE: Due to Andersonville Midsommarfest, lasting Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, there will be limited street parking, and some bus routes (including the #22 Clark St. bus) will be rerouted. The entrance to our theatre will not be affected, but Clark St. will be closed from Gregory to Foster. For more information about Midsommarfest and which streets will be closed, head to the Midsommarfest website. For information about public transit reroutes, check the official CTA website.

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