XANADU Comes To The Stage In Cleveland

Producers Robert Ahrens, Dan Vickery, Mickey Liddell, Tara Smith/B. Swibel in association with Latitude Link proudly present the musical adventure XANADU that will open at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare on March 2, 2010. XANADU, described as "Heaven on Wheels" by The New York Times, is based on the Universal Pictures' cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. XANADU was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical.

XANADU will play at the Palace Theatre March 2-14, 2010 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets are on sale now and are available at The PlayhouseSquare ticket office, by calling 216-241-6000 or online at www.playhousesquare.org.

This hilarious roller skating musical adventure set in the year 1980 follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements - the first roller disco! Along the way she falls in forbidden love with a mortal and chaos abounds when her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation.

"I laughed the entire time! It's great fun for the whole family!" exclaimed Olivia Newton John.
XANADU is 90 minutes of family fun and inspiration to follow your dreams despite the limitations.

Douglas Carter Beane has written the book for XANADU based on the film of the same name and was the winner of the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical. The score, by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, includes the hits, "Magic," "Xanadu," "Party 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. XANADU is directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Dan Knechtges.

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 Dan Moses Schreier, projections design by Zachary Borovay, wig and hair design by Charles LePoint and musical direction by Eric Stern.

XANADU will play March 2 through 14 in the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Performances are Tuesday - Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10 to $60, and are currently on sale at The PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland), online at www.playhousesquare.org or by calling 216-241-6000. Group orders for 15 or more may be placed by calling 216-664-6050.

The Cleveland engagement of XANADU is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. KeyBank is the title sponsor of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For information, visit www.key.com.

This performance engagement is a part of the Smart Seats program at PlayhouseSquare that offers smart entertainment at a smart price. For more information on Smart Seats, visit www.playhousesquare.org/smartseats.

To enrich the experience of the theatergoers, The PlayhouseSquare Community Engagement & Education Department presents free Broadway Buzz events to complement KeyBank Broadway Series shows. Broadway Buzz Pre-Show Talks will be held in the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare one hour prior to each performance of XANADU. Pre-show talks provide behind-the-scenes insight into Broadway series shows. On Thursday evenings, guests are invited to stay in the theater for a post-show chat with members of the cast. Broadway Buzz events are made possible by the generous donors and sponsors that support PlayhouseSquare's not-for-profit mission.

More information about Broadway Buzz events and activities can be found online at playhousesquare.org/broadwaybuzz.

For more information on XANADU visit: www.xanaduontour.com

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