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Based on the film of the same name

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO–hey, it’s 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. ??This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, “Magic, All Over The World, Suddenly, I’m Alive, Evil Woman, Have You Never Been Mellow and Xanadu, to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. ??It’s hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway’s master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and Xanadu in your heart, forever.



BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH Pays Homage to Panto Tradition and Roasts Raleigh in a Fun, Knockabout Kind of Way
by Lauren Van Hemert - Nov 30, 2018

Cute costumed kids filed into The Duke Energy Center Thursday night to see Lythgoe Family Panto production of ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH. The show marks the first of a three-year partnership between the Lythgoe family and North Carolina Theatre and the first foray into the Christmas show market for North Carolina Theatre. While this isn't the Disney version of ALADDIN, the story is essentially the same. A street rat with a dream meets a princess, gets trapped in a cave, finds a lamp, meets a Genie, makes a wish, buys a laundromat, makes it snow, and lives happily ever after. And by all accounts, the kids in the audience loved every minute of it. (more...)

Wake Up With BWW 11/29: Cody Simpson Begins Performances in ANASTASIA, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Nov 29, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Cody Simpson begins performances in Anastasia, and more! (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards; HADESTOWN Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards; Theatre West End's THE COLOR PURPLE Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

NaTasha Yvette Williams, Gavin Creel, Carolee Carmello, and Elizabeth Stanley Join A.R.T.'s EXTRAORDINARY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2018

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) has announced the final roster of featured guests that will appear in ExtraOrdinary, a celebration of musical theater at the A.R.T. directed by Paulus. (more...)

VIDEO: Cheyenne Jackson Releases Holiday Song 'Plans' Featuring Catey Shaw
by Stage Tube - Nov 21, 2018

Actor and singer/songwriter, Cheyenne Jackson, has released a new holiday song, 'Plans', featuring Catey Shaw. Listen HERE. Produced by Jay Levine and Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, The Go-Go's, Richard Hell), 'Plans' draws inspiration from holiday classics while maintaining a modern flair. (more...)


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BWW Review: More than neon lights shine at DCPA's XANADU
by Chris Arneson - Nov 18, 2018

Most musical theatre fans would probably agree the movie-musical Xanadu isn't the finest. You've got Olivia Newton-John in as a Greek muse in legwarmers and roller skates, on Earth to help a struggling artist build a roller disco. It's campy at best with some standout songs, visually fun but a reasonable flop. (more...)

FPAC Presents THE NUTCRACKER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018

The Nutcracker is a holiday season tradition for countless young dancers whose annual turn in the Christmas fantasy marks a celebrated rite of passage. The chance to take part in the enchanting production, full of pageantry and splendor, engages the starry-eyed child dancer, while more advanced ballerinas relish opportunities to be cast in progressively more challenging roles. (more...)

Pittsburgh CLO Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2018

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the 27th annual production of A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 7-23 at the Byham Theater. This year's production will feature lavish costumes and thrilling effects made possible by the support received from the Next Generation Capital Campaign. TV veteran and Broadway star Richard Thomas makes his Pittsburgh CLO debut leading the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets are now available by calling 412-456-6666, online at pittsburghCLO.org or at the Theater Square Box Office. (more...)

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT Returns in December to Benefit Actors Fund; The Skivvies, Matt Doyle, and More to Appear
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

Haul out the holly and put up the tree because the annual star-studded holiday event SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City on Sunday, December 2, 2018 for its 7th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. (more...)

Photo Flash: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF In Yiddish Celebrates 104 Performances
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene celebrated its 104th season at the 104th performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' in Yiddish. (more...)

Nancy Opel, Jamie Jackson, & Jesse JP Johnson Join Cast of WICKED
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this fall. Beginning Tuesday, November 20, Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame Morrible and Jamie Jackson will assume the role of Doctor Dillamond. Jesse JP Johnson will assume the role of Boq on Tuesday, December 11. (more...)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Burns Brightly For Chanukkah
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

The Chanukkah story celebrates miracles - and this holiday season, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) invites families to enjoy a theatrical miracle Off-Broadway: the acclaimed and unprecedented Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. (more...)

TexARTS Professional Series presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

The TexARTS Professional Series presents the Broadway hit musical Xanadu, based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly cult classic film. This hilarious story is very simple; a muse comes to Earth and inspires an artist to open a roller disco! Seriously. Featuring a cast of lunatics and the music of the Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu is one of the giddiest, silliest, sweetest stage musicals you could ever hope to see. Xanadu opens February 15 and runs through March 3, 2019 at the Kam & James Morris Theatre in Lakeway. (more...)

LEADING LADIES OF BROADWAY Playing At Emelin Theatre 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

LEADING LADIES OF BROADWAY, a concert performance, comes to the Emelin Theatre on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marty Thomas Brings Show to Green Room 42
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Jan 8, 2019

From Broadway (Xanadu, Wicked, Secret Garden) to Hollywood (Grace & Frankie, Two Broke Girls) and around the NY nightlife circuit (Marty Thomas Presents Diva, 2008 Mister Broadway award), Grammy-nominated Marty Thomas is a discoball of performing talent. He returns to the Green Room 42 with his new show 'Like It's Golden', a flashy musical journey straight from Marty's personal jukebox, offering songs ranging from blues, to funk and dazzling pop. (more...)

Winners Announced for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and voted on by you - the local theatergoers! (more...)

Hell In A Handbag's THE GOLDEN GIRLS Announce THE LOST EPISODES - THE VALENTINE EDITION
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Chicago's favorite drag seniors start 2019 with LOVE in Hell in a Handbag Productions' beloved parody THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition, written by Artistic Director David Cerda and directed by Jon Martinez. Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia and Rose return February 8 - March 10, 2019 at Stage 773, (more...)

Ainsley Melham, Michael James Scott, and Mike Longo Join Cast of ALADDIN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

As it approaches its 5th anniversary, Aladdin welcomes three new principal cast members to the company. (more...)

Haven & About Face Theatre's THE TOTAL BENT Makes Midwest Premiere Beginning Feb 7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, presents the Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT, a dynamic new rock show about fathers, sons, social upheaval and the choice between salvation and selling out. (more...)

Retreat To Broadway Launches National Arts Education Initiative Focused On RENT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Retreat to Broadway, a national non-profit project that pairs innovative programming with live theater, is launching their second national arts education initiative focused on the groundbreaking musical, RENT. Not only does Retreat to Broadway want to help increase viewership for Fox's national telecast of 'RENT Live!' on January 27, but they also want to provide a unique framework to discuss the important themes RENT presents its audiences: celebrating differences, empathy, cultural diversity, addiction, mindfulness, conflict resolution, acceptance of self and others, etc. (more...)

Michael Griffiths Returns For The 2019 Adelaide Fringe With Three Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2019

Acclaimed Helpmann Award-winning cabaret performer Michael Griffiths returns for the 2019 Adelaide Fringe with three productions: the premiere of Michael Griffiths: By Request; a one night performance with Australian icon, political activist, showbiz royalty and living legend Carlotta, in Carlotta: Queen Of The Cross and a return of Livvy & Pete: The Songs of Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. (more...)

Video Flashback: Kerry Butler Performs With a Girl Group in the 80s
by Stage Tube - Jan 5, 2019

Kerry Butler has made quite the name for herself on Broadway and television. But, who knew that before she was a big star, she performed in a girl group in the 80s? (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Alysha Umphress & More Feature On New Album ALL THE POSSIBILITIES: BROADWAY SINGS WARTOFSKY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2019

With lead vocals by a dozen Broadway stars, Yellow Sound Label has announced the release of the debut album of eleven original songs by award-winning songwriter and Berklee College of Music Professor Michael Wartofsky, in digital, streaming and physical formats, today, Friday, January 4. (more...)

Mickey Thomas Of Starship To Star In New Production Of ROCK OF AGES At The 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship), will star as Dennis in its sensational new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including "We Built This City" (which appears in the production), "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara." (more...)

Marty Thomas Brings New Solo Show To Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

From Broadway (Xanadu, Wicked, Secret Garden) to Hollywood (Grace & Frankie, Two Broke Girls) and around the NY nightlife circuit (Marty Thomas Presents Diva, 2008 Mister Broadway award), Grammy-nominated Marty Thomas is a discoball of performing talent. He returns to the Green Room 42 with his new show 'Like It's Golden', a flashy musical journey straight from Marty's personal jukebox, offering songs ranging from blues, to funk and dazzling pop. (more...)

Stars of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, THE PROM, HEAD OVER HEELS, & More Join 54 SINGS LADY GAGA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

Annie Golden (Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black"), Isabelle McCalla (The Prom), Taylor Iman Jones (Head Over Heels), Joseph Allen (Something Wicked This Way Comes), Mackenzie Dade (The Sound of Music), Morgan Siobhan Green (Be More Chill), F. Michael Haynie (Charle and the Chocolate Factory), Charlotte Maltby (The Sound of Music), Destinee Rea (The Book of Mormon), Brian Charles Rooney (The Three-Penny Opera), David Rowen (Bob Marley's Three Little Birds), and Nathan Salstone (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) have joined the cast of 54 SINGS LADY GAGA at Feinstein's/54 Below, Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, at 9:30PM. (more...)

On The Spot ACLU Fundraiser Comes to The Green Room 42
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

On The Spot, an 'always new' musical comedy show, returns Sunday January 6th, 2019 at THE GREEN ROOM 42 at 7PM. Running Off-Broadway every week since 2015, the show is thrilled to be back at New York's most exciting new performance destination, for a special fundraiser show for the ACLU. (more...)

Casting Announced Of THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast of the world premiere of THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO written by Adam Overett February 15, 2019 April 28, 2019 at the CLO Cabaret. THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO is the third musical to be given a world premiere from Pittsburgh CLO's inaugural SPARK festival, which developed musicals designed to cultivate the next generation of small-cast shows that will continue on in similar venues around the country. Tickets for this hysterical take on 'making it' in the theater are now available online at CLOCabaret.com, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, and start at $31.25. (more...)

Yiddish FIDDER ON THE ROOF's Michael Einav Will Take Over Instagram Tomorrow!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Dec 7, 2018

Go behind the scenes of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's critically-acclaimed Yiddish language production of Fiddler on the Roof with Michael Einav, as he takes over the BroadwayWorld Instagram tomorrow, December 8th! Follow along as Einav takes you behind the scenes of the show! Be sure to tune in! (more...)

Casting Announced For Haven Theatre & About Face Theatre's THE TOTAL BENT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

Haven Theatre, in association with About Face Theatre, is pleased to announce casting for its Midwest premiere of THE TOTAL BENT, featuring text by Stew and music and lyrics by Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and directed by Jeff Award-winning director Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW Denver Awards; THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW Edmonton Awards; HADESTOWN Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Vote For The 2018 BWW Orlando Awards; THE COLOR PURPLE Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Extends World-Premiere Musical DIANA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Due to popular demand, La Jolla Playhouse announces a week-long extension for its upcoming world premiere musical Diana, featuring the Tony Award-winning Memphis creative team of Joe DiPietro (librettist/lyricist), David Bryan (composer/lyricist) and Playhouse Artistic Director and 2017 Tony recipient Christopher Ashley (director), along with Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (choreographer) and Ian Eisendrath (music supervisor). (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Denver Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Edmonton Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Orlando Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Video Flashback: Kerry Butler Stars in Detergent Commercial in 1974
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2018

Many of our favorite Broadway stars have gotten their starts doing commercials, but it's rare that those appearances are still floating around the internet today. Kerry Butler was met with a surprise from a fan on Twitter, who uncovered a commercial she did in 1974! (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Orlando Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Denver Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Edmonton Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Yale Rep Presents GOOD FAITH By Karen Hartman, Directed By Kenny Leon
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department by Karen Hartman, directed by Kenny Leon, February 1-23, 2019 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Thursday, February 7. (more...)

Cast Announced for STC's RICHARD THE THIRD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

After his hit production of King Charles III, David Muse returns to Shakespeare Theatre Company to direct Shakespeare's Richard the Third, a mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac's rampage to the throne. The production will play at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 5-March 10, 2019. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Orlando Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Denver Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Edmonton Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edmonton Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018. (more...)

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