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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.



Oily Cart's Theatrical Feast For All The Senses Embarks On Second UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

Making its World Premiere last year to great critical acclaim, with appearances on BBC Breakfast, BBC's online news and the Today programme, Oily Cart are once again bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem Kubla Khan to life in 2018 to take more intrepid young audience members on an epic journey. Together with the national charity Sense, Oily Cart transformed Coleridge's rhythmically rich and vibrant poem into the company's first ever production for children and young people who are deafblind, and are delighted to once again tour this fully immersive and inclusive theatrical experience around the UK from May 2018. (more...)

Casting Announced for Sideshow Theatre's TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. (more...)

The Warner Theatre Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education 'Performance Lab' students will present Xanadu in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre June 1-3, sponsored by The Lufkin Family Foundation. (more...)

Penny Fuller Joins Rotating Cast of WOMEN ON FIRE: STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, presented a benefit staging of an original series of monologues entitled WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines, written, curated, and directed by Royal Family artistic director Chris Henry from stories told to her by a group of anonymous women, with choreography from Lorna Ventura. (more...)

WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines Has Been Extended
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will extend its acclaimed production of WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines to accommodate the demand. WOMEN ON FIRE is written, curated, and directed by Royal Family artistic director Chris Henry from stories told to her by a group of anonymous women, with choreography from Lorna Ventura. The show began performances on May 11 and extended twice due to popular demand and critical and industry acclaim. WOMEN ON FIRE: will now run through June 8, 2018 at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Tickets are $45-$65 and can be purchased by clicking www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org (more...)

Jackie Hoffman, Richard Kind, & Stephanie March to Star in Upcoming Indie Comedy THE SOCIAL ONES
by TV News Desk - May 30, 2018

Richard Kind (Red Oaks, A Serious Man), Stephanie March (Law & Order SVU), Jackie Hoffman (Feud) are set to star in The Social Ones, the first long-form content film from The New Potato Studios. Debra Jo Rupp (That 70s Show) and Peter Scolari (Girls) will also co-star in the indie written and directed by Laura Kosann. (more...)

Former Cazenovia Resident To Premiere One Man Show At The New Redhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

TADEUSZ VON MOLTKE (NBC's THE BLACKLIST; DJ Khaled/Jay Z's video 'I Got the Keys' (EPIC RECORDS); DIXON PLACE 2018 QT: RAINBOWS ACROSS THE DIASPORA) will be the principal featured actor in: THEA MUSGRAVE: A 90th BIRTHDAY CONCERT IN NEW YORK CITY. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, May. 27
by Audition Roundup - May 27, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, May 27, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Carolee Carmello, Kara Lindsay, Ken Page and More Announced For 2018 Broadway At Music Circus Season in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Broadway Sacramento has confirmed casting for the six shows in the 68th Broadway At Music Circus season. The casts include a number of Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Broadway At Music Circus debuts-and audience favorites from previous Broadway At Music Circus productions. (more...)

The 2018 Minty Award Nominations Announced Honoring Excellence in Staten Island High School Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

The Minty Organization, the non-profit company which oversees The Minty Awards, is gearing for its biggest ceremony of the year, The Eighth Annual Minty Awards, set for Sunday, June 3 at 7pm at the historic St. George Theatre (35 Hyatt Street). (more...)

Brief 5/22: Catch Up on What Went Down at the Obies, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - May 22, 2018

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Scroll down for the latest news. Want our morning reports delivered via email? Subscribe here! (more...)

Nominees Announced For The 2017/18 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 16th annual 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater, the highly anticipated award show proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines. (more...)

Sideshow Theatre Presents the World Premiere of TILIKUM
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its eleventh season with the world premiere of Kristiana Rae Colon's spectacular and fearless indictment TILIKUM, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, playing June 22 - July 29, 2018 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 7, 2018 at www.victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Victory Gardens Box Office.  (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Will Play Hades in Disney's DESCENDANTS 3
by TV News Desk - May 21, 2018

Cheyenne Jackson ('American Horror Story') has been cast in Disney's 'Descendants 3,' in the role of Hades, the nefarious underworld ruler from the 1997 Disney animated musical comedy film 'Hercules.' Jackson, who began his career as a theatrical actor including starring roles in Broadway productions 'All Shook Up' and 'Xanadu' among others, starred in multiple seasons of 'American Horror Story' and has had roles in over 40 television series and films. The trequel is set to begin production shortly for a scheduled debut in 2019. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW - May 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Orlando - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW - May 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Orlando (more...)

Photo Flash: The Ladies of WICKED Are Royal-Wedding-Ready, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, the ladies of Wicked prepare for the Royal Wedding. Check out this week's Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

WOMEN ON FIRE Extends Through June 1st
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, will extend its acclaimed production of WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines to accommodate the demand. WOMEN ON FIRE is written, curated, and directed by Royal Family artistic director Chris Henry from stories told to her by a group of anonymous women, with choreography from Lorna Ventura. (more...)

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL's David Zinn Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

David Zinn has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL. (more...)

MTI Europe Presents 2nd Annual Junior Theatre Celebration
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Music Theatre International (Europe), one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, is proud to announce the second annual Junior Theatre Celebration (JTC), to be held at Leicester Curve on Sunday, 3 June. The event provides an opportunity for young students to celebrate their love of musicals and experience the transformative power of theatre. (more...)

Bay Street Theater Announces Music Mondays Concert Series For July And August; Norm Lewis, Mandy Gonzalez, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the Music Mondays summer concert series on Monday nights in July and August, with all shows at 8 pm. This year's lineup includes performances by Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Feud: Bette and Joan) on July 2, Norm Lewis (Jesus Christ Superstar - Live in Concert!, Porgy and Bess) on July 9, Lucie Arnaz (The Lucy Show, Pippin) on July 16, Isaac Mizrahi (Project Runway: All-Stars, Unzipped) on August 6, Charles Busch (The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom) on August 13, Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale: The Musical, Bay Street Theater's My Fair Lady) on August 20, and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, Wicked) on August 27. (more...)

Photo Flash: Maine State Music Theatre Opens Diamond Jubilee Season with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Maine State Music Theatre opens its 60thseason with a new title to the Pickard Stage. Million Dollar Quartet is produced in association with the Fulton Theatre and is the electrifying story of how four stars made music history! Million Dollar Quartet runs from June 6 to June 23.  (more...)

BUDDY--The Buddy Holly Story To Extend Through 9/15
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

??????? American Blues Theater announces encore performance run of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story will close as planned on May 26, 2018 and reopen June 29 - September 15, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets will be on sale for the encore run on May 15, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: OMG!!! UMPO CLUELESS Is Da Bomb, Y'All!!!
by Gil Kaan - May 13, 2018

Kate Pazakis, executive producer of the UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF series, continues to top herself and her uber-talented team of artists in their latest creation THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF CLUELESS. Director Jimmy Smagula ever-so-smartly runs his triple-threat cast of eight through a rapid succession of recognizable pop songs tautly strung together with Pazakis' very clever spoofs of the film's taglines. (more...)

Photo Flash: Christy Altomare Gives Max von Essen an Intermission Snack, and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, Max von Essen enjoys an intermission snack. Check out this week's Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

Jackie Hoffman Brings MEMOIRCITA! to Los Angeles LGBT Center
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2018

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the West Coast premiere of Memoircita!, the new solo show by award-winning Broadway and TV star Jackie Hoffman. Most recently celebrated for her role as Mamacita in the hit FX miniseries FEUD: Bette and Joan, Hoffman returns to the Center's Renberg Theatre for three performances only on Friday and Today, May 11 and 12 at 8pm and Sunday, May 13 at 7pm. (more...)

Bainbridge Performing Arts Welcomes Mark A. Nichols As New Technical Director
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to welcome former board member Mark A. Nichols as the organization's new Technical Director. "Working on staff with BPA is like a homecoming of sorts for me," Mark said when asked about his new role. "I started in theatre and music very young and pursued it in my formal academic training. Although my corporate entertainment career occupied center stage for three decades, I kept performing arts active in the wings. I always intended to return to my roots and also to teach. Now everything has come full circle: I finally get to realize both intentions in an organization close to my heart, with people for whom I have great fondness and respect, and for a community I am pleased to serve. I could not be happier or more honored to be given this opportunity." (more...)

Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Presents 13th Annual BROADWAY JUNIOR FINALE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

The 13th annual Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Junior Student Finale will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). The event will be hosted by Kelvin Moon Loh and Vasthy Mompoint, stars from Broadway's new hit, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, The Broadway Musical. The Shubert Foundation / MTI Broadway Junior partnership is a groundbreaking musical theatre mentorship program that helps public schools affect school culture change through building sustainable theatre education programs. Hundreds of participating students will share musical numbers from their fully produced school shows at the Finale. For many, their first musical theatre experience performing will be on Broadway. (more...)

The Shubert Foundation and Music Theatre International Announce 13th Annual BROADWAY JUNIOR
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2018

The 13th annual Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Junior Student Finale will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: ANASTASIA's Gleb Has a New Crush and More Saturday Intermission Pics!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2018

Today is Saturday, and that means it's time for what has become one of the theatre community's most beloved traditions- BroadwayWorld's 'Saturday Intermission Pics' roundup! This week, Gleb from Anastasia finds himself a new crush. Check out this week's Saturday Intermission Pics below! (more...)

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces Its 2017-2018 Spotlight Education Jimmy Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

???????Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that Britta Cowan (Chaska High School) and Jackson Grove (Alexandria Area High School) will represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Jimmy Awards) - a national celebration of outstanding achievement, recognizing individual artistry in vocal, dance and acting performance. (more...)

Notre Dame Academy's XANADU Takes Top Honors At 8th Annual Minty Awards On Staten Island
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018

The Minty Organization's, Minty Awards, honoring excellence in Staten Island's Catholic High School Musicals, were presented to a SRO audience on Sunday, June 3 at the historic St. George Theatre. (more...)

Brief 6/4: Theatre World Awards, THE GREAT LEAP Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 4, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: The Theatre World Awards ceremony takes place tonight, The Great Leap opens off-Broadway, and more! (more...)

VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She is Considering A Return to Broadway on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Whoopi Goldberg brings custom candies for Jimmy and The Roots to enjoy, announces a children's line of her Christmas sweaters and reveals the fate of her The View career as well as a potential Broadway return on The Tonight Show! Watch the clip below. (more...)

Jackie Hoffman Will Come to Bay Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce Jackie Hoffman: From Broadway to Bay Street Monday, July 2 at 8 pm as the first concert of the Music Mondays concert series on. Hoffman takes over Bay Street Theater for a night of show tunes, covers, original songs, and "kvetching on an operatic scale" (New York Times). Tickets range from $59 - $89 and are on sale now at baystreet.org and through the Box Office at 631-725-9500. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Richmond (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Denver (more...)

American Blues Theater's Smash-Hit BUDDY Returns Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

American Blues Theater announces encore performance run of BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story, written by Alan Janes, directed by Lili-Anne Brown, with musical direction by Ensemble Member Michael Mahler. BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story will reopen June 29 - September 15, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, A New Folk Rock Musical Will Launch At The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Next up this summer at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) is Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical. Book and lyrics by Matte O'Brien and music by Matt Vinson. The show runs July 5 through July 25 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park and is presented by special arrangement with Justin Nichols. (more...)

Brief 6/18: PASS OVER Opens, The Cast of BANDSTAND Reunites, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 18, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Pass Over officially opens tonight, the cast of Bandstand reunited ahead of the show's film release, and more! (more...)

Seacoast Rep Announces THE WHO'S TOMMY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Portsmouth-area theater audiences will get a chance to see, feel and hear one of the most-loved and influential rock musicals of all time, when the Seacoast Repertory Theatre kicks off its summer season with The Who's Tommy. (more...)

FMCT Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) presents Xanadu on July 11, 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30pm and on July 15 at 2pm at The Stage at Island Park. (more...)

Mandy Patinkin To Present Mlotek Prize
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

???????National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) and City Parks Foundation's SummerStage will present Yiddish Under the Stars, a cavalcade of ensembles and individual performers, leaders of the international revival of Yiddish music. The free concert will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at SummerStage in Central Park, 72nd Street near 5th Avenue. Emceeing Yiddish Under the Stars is comedian and two-time Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman (Charlie And the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family, Hairspray), who is set to appear as Yente the matchmaker in NYTF's Yiddish language Fiddler on the Roof this summer. (more...)

Washington State High Schools Glam it Up at The 16th Annual 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018

It was the most anticipated night of the year by high school theater programs across the state of Washington: The 16th Annual 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with additional support from Alaska Airlines. Presented at The 5th Avenue Theatre, nearly 2,000 teenagers, many in costumes representing their schools' musical theater productions, cheered for their peers as they performed musical excerpts and accepted awards honoring top student achievements in musical theater. The acclaimed event, directed this year by Kat Ramsburg, handed out awards in 21 categories ranging from Outstanding Overall Musical Production to Outstanding Lobby Display. (more...)

Tony Talk: Best Scenic Design of a Musical, David Zinn
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 10, 2018

David Zinn has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL. (more...)

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL's David Zinn Wins 2018 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2018

David Zinn has won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2018 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special - Jun 10, 2018

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 10th at 8/9c hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize... (more...)

The Warner Theatre Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education 'Performance Lab' students will present Xanadu in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre June 1-3, sponsored by The Lufkin Family Foundation. (more...)

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