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Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche to Star in Roundabout Reading of Twentieth Century

The company will revisit its 2004 revival for one night only.

Anne Heche and Alec Baldwin during curtain call of the 2004 Roundabout production of Twentieth Century.
(© Joseph Marzullo)

Roundabout Theatre Company will revive its 2004 revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's comedy Twentieth Century as a one-night-only reading at Studio 54 on April 29.

Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche, who led the company of the 2004 production, will return to the roles of Oscar Jaffe and Lily Garland for the event. Walter Bobbie will also return to direct the comedy, which uses a script adaptation by Ken Ludwig.

Bankrupt, with his career on a downslide, egomaniacal Broadway director Oscar Jaffee (Baldwin) boards the Twentieth Century Limited and encounters his former discovery and ex-chorus girl Lily Garland (Heche), now a temperamental Hollywood star. He'll do anything to get her back under contract and back in his bed, but his former protégé will have nothing to do with him. All of the action takes place on board the legendary Twentieth Century train from Chicago to New York City where Oscar has 20 hours to persuade Lily to return to Broadway in his upcoming show. If he fails, it's the end of the line.

Full casting will be announced in the coming weeks.


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