Heche makes sophomore effort with prod'n
Sweet and sour, oil and water, Anne Heche and Alec Baldwin.
The actress looks to be Baldwin’s Lily Garland in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Twentieth Century.”
The Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur classic about a feuding theater couple would be Heche’s sophomore effort on the Gotham boards. She made her Broadway debut last season in “Proof” and stayed with the production until it closed in January.
The Roundabout Theater Co. is producing the winter revival of “Twentieth Century” at its American Airlines Theater. The legit org did not confirm the casting of the actress.
Baldwin has long been attached to the project: He played the Pygmalion role of the down-on-his-luck stage director Oscar Jaffe in a reading this summer. At that time, Jane Krakowski essayed the part of Lily Garland, the Galatea-turned-star.
Due to its large cast of 30-plus actors, “Twentieth Century” remains a legit rarity, its last Broadway revival being a 1950 staging with Jose Ferrer and Gloria Swanson. The original 1930 production featured Moffat Johnston and Eugenie Leontovich in the leads. Today, the work is best known through the 1934 Howard Hawks film version, with Carole Lombard and John Barrymore giving definitive performances of the train-traveling Lily and Oscar.
Legit buffs acquainted with the original text of “Twentieth Century” will find the Roundabout version somewhat altered. To facilitate a smaller, more cost-friendly ensemble of only 10, playwright Ken Ludwig (“Moon Over Buffalo”) received permission from the Hecht and MacArthur estates to rework the text. His adaptation was first presented this fall at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va.
Walter Bobbie directs the Broadway production.