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Forgotten Broadway: Five Tony-Winning Showstoppers You’ve Probably Never Seen


“On the Twentieth Century” from On the Twentieth Century (1978)

This full-steam-ahead bundle of locomotive wackiness won the Tony for Best Score and it’s no wonder: From the moment Cy Coleman’s piston-packed, mock operetta starts, we know we’re in for an evening of delightful lunacy. The story follows the exploits of a failed theater director trying to woo his ex-lover-turned-movie star back to the stage, all while traveling on a rumbling luxury liner. Twentieth Century boasted Imogene Coco in the uproarious role as a religious zealot wrecking havoc on board. Look closely and you’ll recognize a young Kevin Kline, who won a Tony for his role as an arrogant paramour.