Henry Winkler, Dan Butler and Julie Halston will join the previously announced Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche in a 1-evening-only Roundabout Theatre Business advantage reading of Twentieth Century, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic 1932 Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur comedy. The reading, which reunites most of the surviving group from Roundabout’s acclaimed 2004 staging of the play, is set for April 29 at the Roundabout’s Studio 54 theater.
Rounding out the production will be Stephen DeRosa and Paul Alexander Nolan. The casting was announced these days by by Todd Haimes, Roundabout Artistic Director/CEO. All proceeds advantage the not-for-profit Roundabout and its applications.
Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Twentieth Century stage reading reunites the director with Baldwin, Heche, Butler, Halston and DeRosa from the 2004 Roundabout production of the play. As previously announced, Baldwin will reprise his part of “Oscar Jaffe,” as will Heche with “Lily Garland.”
Of the newly announced cast, Butler will play “Owen O’Malley,” DeRosa is “First Beard,” Halston is “Ida Webb,” Nolan will be “Dr. Grover Lockwood,” and Winkler – at present enjoying an Emmy-winning Television comeback on HBO’s Barry – is “Matthew Clark.” The late Tom Aldredge played the part in the 2004 production.
Further cast members and inventive group will be announced quickly.
As described by Roundabout: Bankrupt, with his profession on a downslide, egomaniacal Broadway director Oscar Jaffee (Baldwin) boards the Twentieth Century Restricted and encounters his former discovery and ex-chorus girl Lily Garland (Heche), now a temperamental Hollywood star. He’ll do something to get her back below contract and back in his bed, but his former protégé will have absolutely nothing to do with him. All of the action requires spot on board the legendary Twentieth Century train from Chicago to New York City exactly where Oscar has 20 hours to persuade Lily to return to Broadway in his upcoming show. If he fails, it is the finish of the line.