CHEYENNE JACKSON Articles
Click Here for More Articles on CHEYENNE JACKSON...

Photo Coverage: Xanadu Opening Night Arrivals

Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson star in the highly anticipated new Broadway musical Xanadu. The first musical of the new Broadway season, Xanadu opened on Tuesday, July 10th at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street) after beginning previews on May 23rd. 

Douglas Carter Beane has written the book for Xanadu based on the film of the same name. The score will include the hits, "Magic," "Xanadu," "Party All Over the World" and "I'm Alive" -- all top 20 Billboard hits. The score was written by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. 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 will direct with choreography by Dan Knechtges.

"This musical myth, set in the year 1980, tells the story of one of the nine muses of ancient Greece  who comes to earth to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements – a roller disco.  Along the way she falls in love, bumps into an Old Acquaintance and for the first time, feels the desire to create herself," according to press materials.  Starring Butler as "Kira" (played in the film version by Olivia Newton-John), 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 Curtis Holbrook, Anika Larsen, Kenita Miller and Andre Ward.

Visit www.xanaduonbroadway.com for more information. 

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


John Farrar and Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


John Farrar


John Farrar


John Farrar 


John Farrar and wife Pat Carroll


Cynthia Nixon


Cynthia Nixon


Cynthia Nixon and Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane and partner


Dan Knetchges, Christopher Ashley and Douglas Carter Beane


Brian Swibel, Robert Ahrens and Tara Smith


Tricia Walsh-Smith


Tricia Walsh-Smith


DB Sweeney


DB Sweeney


DB Sweeney and wife Ashley


DB Sweeney and wife Ashley


Charles G. LaPointe


Charles G. LaPointe and Stephanie J. Block


Charles G. LaPointe and Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Stephanie J. Block


Mario Cantone


Mario Cantone

Related Articles



Comment & Share



About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts
Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.