View Comments The original Broadway production of On the Twentieth Century was directed by Hal Prince and opened in February 1978 at the St. James Theatre, starring John Cullum, Madeline Kahn, Imogene Coca and Kevin Kline. The musical received five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Featuring a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffee who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a play about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Gallagher received a Tony nomination for his role as Edmund Tyrone in the 1986 production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He also appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl, Noises Off, Guys and Dolls, The Real Thing, The Corn Is Green, A Doll’s Life and Grease. Gallagher’s many film and TV credits include The O.C., Center Stage, American Beauty, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, While You Were Sleeping and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. On The Twentieth Century Kristin Chenoweth He’s got it all! It looks like stage and screen star Peter Gallagher is ready to take the Great White Way by storm once again! According to The Los Angeles Times, the Tony nominee will be joining Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth in a forthcoming Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. Chenoweth recently told Broadway.com that she’s definitely “putting aside a chunk of time to be able to” play Lily Garland in the musical. Related Shows
Joar Leifseth Ulsom at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KNOM)Red, white and blue flags flew high at this year’s Iditarod start line, but they weren’t the flags one might expect at an American race.These flags bear the Scandinavian cross and they were flown by fans who came out to cheer on more than ten percent of the race field.There are more Scandinavians in this year’s Iditarod than ever before.Iditarod – Day 1Two Anchorage-based Team Norway fans at the 2016 Iditarod starting line in Willow. (Photo by Ben Matheson)“Ve elskar deg.” It’s one of the cheers a group of fans threw out as a dog teams surged down the trail out of Willow.Dan Lien appears to be the group’s ring leader.“We are proud members of the sons of Norway in Anchorage and so we bring our flags and yell a few phrases at ‘em,” Lien said.Lien says they come every year, but this one is special because there are eight mushers from Norway – and one Swede.“We yelled at him down the trail, we said we don’t have any Swedish flags, and he said close enough,” Lien said.It comes as no surprise that a region packed with wilderness, mountains and a winter season on par with Alaska’s is home to mushers, like Robert Sorlie. He brought a dog team from Norway for a sixth shot at a top finish.“It’s the biggest and the most powerful race in the world so everybody wants to do this race, you know,” Sorlie said.Musher Robert Sorlie at the 2016 Iditarod ceremonial start in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)In 2003 and 2005, Sorlie drove his team to victory. He’s the only champion that isn’t American. He’s also been known to sing to his dogs.“Yeah I think I will sing some songs for them, but I will not sing it for you, because when … I’m not ready to sing it on the radio, no,” he said.Sorlie’s competitor, Sigrid Ekran also brought a team from Norway. She says she doesn’t have big expectations for her fourth Iditarod, but she could be a worthy competitor, having won three European world championships in the last five years.She’s claimed victory in both of Norway’s largest and longest sled dog races: the Femondsløpet once and the Finnmarksløpet twice.“Scandinavia is definitely a good place to run dogs and there’s a lot of good dog mushers there now,” Ekran said. “I think everyone that runs long distance ahs a dream of running the Iditarod. The Iditarod is like the Olympics of long distance, you know.”“Yeah, that’s true. Absolutely,” Mats Pettersson said. He is this Iditarod’s lone Swede. “When you’ve done this one time, you want to be here.”“It’s the number one race, but I hope also more people from the U.S. can come over to Scandinavia in the long run and we could have more races. That would be the best I think.”Race officials from the Finnmarksløpet reportedly visited with Iditarod Trail Committee officials earlier this winter to discuss future cooperation, but the outcome of that meeting is unclear.In the meantime, Pettersson will shoot for a top-ten finish in this his third run to Nome. He says the most competitive among the Norwegian teams don’t intimidate him.Pettersson: “I get along with all these Norwegians and we are really friends out on the trail.”Schwing: “So, there’s no Swedish-Norwegian rivalry?”Pettersson: “No, only in skiing – the Norwegians are better in that, but we are better in ice hockey!”There’s one Scandinavian whose race plan stands out more than any other – Ketil Reitan.“I’m going to do a long camping trip after the race,” he said.Sigrid Ekran. (Photo by Ben Matheson)It’s been 21 years since Reitan has driven a team on the Iditarod trail.From Nome, he says he’ll mush back to his home in Kaktovik, more than twice the distance of the actual race.“There’s no trail and no trail markers,” Reitan said. “So we are looking forward to that and we are going to stop in the villages and visit and meet lots of people, so we are looking forward to that.”Reitan says the seeming Scandinavian Iditarod invasion is really nothing new.“Ten percent is nothing,” he said. “In the earlier races in Nome, a hundred years ago, almost half the mushers were Norwegian, so 10 percent is nothing.”But a hundred years ago, Alaska was only a U.S. territory and the famous Serum Run to Nome hadn’t even taken place.