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Photo Coverage: Xanadu Opening Night Party

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.


Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane


Douglas Carter Beane


Dan Knetchges


Dan Knechtges


Dan Knechtges and Douglas Carter Beane


Dan Knechtges and Douglas Carter Beane


Olivia Newton-John (who played Kira in the original Xanadu film), Patti Murin, Andre Ward, Anika Larsen, Kenita R. Miller and Marty Thomas


Brian Swibel, Robert Ahrens and Tara Smith


Annie Golden


Annie Golden 


Annie Golden


Curtis Holbrook


Curtis Holbrook


Curtis Holbrook


Cheyenne Jackson


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John and John Farrar


Olivia Newton-John and John Farrar


Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John


Tony Roberts, Douglas Carter Beane, Olivia Newton-John and John Farrar


Olivia Newton-John and Tony Roberts


Olivia Newton-John and Curtis Holbrook


Olivia Newton-John and Curtis Holbrook


Mary Testa and Olivia Newton-John


Jackie Hoffman


Olivia Newton-John and Jackie Hoffman


Jackie Hoffman and Tony Roberts


Jackie Hoffman, Tony Roberts and Mary Testa


Olivia Newton-John and Cheyenne Jackson


Olivia Newton-John and Cheyenne Jackson


Olivia Newton-John and Richie Ridge ("Broadway Beat")


Olivia Newton-John and Richie Ridge


Tony Roberts


Richie Ridge and Tony Roberts


Cheyenne Jackson


Richie Ridge and Cheyenne Jackson


Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler


Richie Ridge and Kerry Butler


Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson


Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson


James Carpinello (who, due to an injury, was replaced by Cheyenne Jackson during previews)


James Carpinello


James Carpinello


James Carpinello


Annie Golden and James Carpinello


Two Sonnys - James Carpinello and Cheyenne Jackson


James Carpinello and Cheyenne Jackson


James Carpinello and Cheyenne Jackson


Kerry Butler and James Carpinello


Kerry Butler and James Carpinello

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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.