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BWW TV and Broadway Beat Present: Xanadu Opening Night Video


BroadwayWorld and Broadway Beat bring you all the excitement of Xanadu's Opening Night in this supersized video feature. Join Richie Ridge as he talks with Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, James Carpinello, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa, Jackie Hoffman, Christopher Ashley, Douglas Carter Beane, Dan Knechtges and Curtis Holbrook. Also featured is special guest of the evening, Olivia Newton-John. What did she think of Xanadu? Click below to find out!

Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson star in the critically praised 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.

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