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Photo Coverage: 'Xanadu' in the Cast Recording Studio

October 31
5:28 PM 2007

PS Classics recorded the cast album of the Broadway musical hit Xanadu on October 29.  The production, presented by Robert Ahrens, Tara Smith and Brian Swibel opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 10 to great critical and audience acclaim.

The recording features the cast which stars Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa and Jackie Hoffman and features Curtis Holbrook, Anika Larsen, Kenita Miller and Andre WardXanadu has book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and is directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Dan Knechtges. Eric Stern is musical director.  The album will be produced by Jeffrey Lesser.

The label expects to have the CD in stores on January 8, 2008, although it will be available exclusively at the PS Classics website, the Xanadu website ( and at the Helen Hayes Theatre by the first week of December.

Photos by Ben Strothmann

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.