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XANADU, the new musical hit is playing at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Ave). XANADU opened to critical acclaim on July 10th as the first new musical of the 2007-2008 season.
Douglas Carter Beane has written the book for XANADU based on the film of the same name. The score, by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, includes the hits, “Magic,” “Xanadu,” “All Over the World” and “I’m Alive” -- all top 20 Billboard hits. Lynne wrote and produced all of the music of Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O). Farrar was also responsible for most of the hits that were performed by Olivia Newton-John in the 1970’s. Christopher Ashley directs with choreography by Dan Knechtges.
Taking audiences back to 1980 California, this hilarious new musical follows the beautiful Kira, who travels to earth to inspire a struggling young artist named Sonny. A vision in leg warmers and wind- swept hair, she helps this hunky painter find his voice, discover true love and build the world's first roller disco (not necessarily in that order).
The New York Times raved, "Heaven on wheels!" And The New Yorker called Xanadu "the most fun you'll have on Broadway."
Starring Kerry Butler as “Kira” (played in the film version by Olivia Newton-John), Cheyenne Jackson as “Sonny,” Tony Roberts as “Danny” (played in the film version by Gene Kelly), and Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa as the evil Muses “Calliope” and “Melpomene,” respectively, XANADU’s cast also features Kyle Dean Massey, Kenita Miller, Patti Murin, Marty Thomas and Andre Ward.
XANADU features scenic design by Tony Award winner David Gallo, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella, projections design by Zachary Borovay, wig and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe and musical direction by Eric Stern.
XANADU is produced by Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Tara Smith, Brian Swibel, Sara Murchison and Dale Smith.
The playing schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm; Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm; and Sunday at 3:00pm.
Tickets range from $41.25-$111.25, including all facility fees, and will be available online at Telecharge.com and via telephone at (212) 239-6200. On stage seating with the “Gods” is available at the box office only for $41.25.
XANADU has just been nominated for Outstanding Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Award)
XANADU has just been nominated for Best Broadway Musical (Drama League Award)
Kerri Butler and Cheyenne Jackson have been nominated for Outstanding Performance Awards (Drama League Award)