Xanadu

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.

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by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
Break out those leg warmers and roller skates, because Xanadu is ready to roll into town. The hit-musical-based-on-the-flop-film is an electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original legendary, chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats. Xanadu is produced by MainStage Irving-Las Colinas and runs May 10 through May 25 in the Dupree Theatre at Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX). Tickets are on sale at www.tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2019
The Kennedy Center has announced its 2019-2020 season for the National Symphony Orchestra Pops. Tony Award winner and original Hamilton cast member Leslie Odom Jr. will lead NSO's annual Holiday Pops! concert from December 13-14. Two more Broadway favorites, Tony nominee Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5, Smash) and Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, Aida, American Horror Story) will join forces to perform a series of concerts over Valentine's Day weekend, featuring songs from Broadway, film, and the American Songbook.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Put Your House in Order, by acclaimed Chicago playwright Ike Holter (Lottery Day), directed by Lili-Anne Brown. The show kicks off the Playhouse's 2019/2020 season, running in the Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Forum June 2 - 30.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Celebrate "Ol' Blue Eyes" from his early beginnings in New York during the 1940s swing era through the bright lights of Vegas with the Rat Pack in the 1960s to his final performances as "Chairman of the Board." Starring Cassandra Klaphake, Sal Pavia, Liz Fallon and Andrew Ruggieri, this ENCORE at Arizona Broadway Theatre production brings Sinatra's music alive.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jesse JP Johnson on June 24 at 9:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
Emerson Colonial Theatre and Mark Cortale announce a three-concert series to take place at Boston's historic and newly-refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre. Hosted by music director and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" personality Seth Rudetsky, The Seth Rudetsky Series concerts begin Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8pm
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
Due to popular demand, Stages Repertory Theatre has extended its showing of Murder for Two! The hilarious musical murder mystery, originally slated to close June 16, will now run through July 28 in Stages' Arena Theatre. Stages originally welcomed the regional premiere of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's critically-acclaimed production on April 24.
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
The Minty Organization, the non-profit company which oversees The Minty Awards, under the leadership of Michael Pinto, has announced nominations for the Ninth Annual Minty Awards, set for Sunday, June 2 at 7pm at the historic St. George Theatre (35 Hyatt Street).
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
Different Stages continues its 2018- 2019 season with Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. The play, hugely controversial when first published and performed in Copenhagen in 1879, is about the unraveling of a family. Nora and Torvald Helmer believe they are happily married and on the brink of a blissful new phase of life; Torvald has been promoted to bank manager and their money worries are over. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, and with her husband's new power comes the threat of blackmail.  
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announced today the 2019/2020 season, expanding its reach with twelve months of groundbreaking produced and presented works in dance, music, theater, cinema, and contemporary circus from renowned artists and companies around Southern California, the country, and the world. The season begins September 17, 2019, marking the fourth year of programming under the leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Executive Director/CEO Rachel Fine, and the seventh for the institution.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
Casting has been announced for Pittsburgh CLO's exclusive engagement of the hit musical comedy SPAMILTON: An American Parody at the Greer Cabaret Theater May 16 August 25, 2019. Don't miss this convulsively funny (NY Times) parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in Pittsburgh for a limited time only. The Huffington Post raves you don't have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
Break out those leg warmers and roller skates, because Xanadu is ready to roll into town. The hit-musical-based-on-the-flop-film is an electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original legendary, chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats. Xanadu is produced by MainStage Irving-Las Colinas and runs May 10 through May 25 in the Dupree Theatre at Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX). Tickets range from $20-$25 and are on sale at www.tickets.irvingartscenter.com/online. Tickets are also available by phone at 972.252.2787 and in person at the Irving Arts Center Box Office.
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 15, 2019
Since it's inception in 1954 as a mother-daughter luncheon honoring Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva the organization has raised more than $100 million and has established: a Wing for Prenatal Sutdies and Research in Birth Defects, a Clinical Research Institute for Child Development, and funded major research in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in cancer.
by Sara Altea Balestra - May 14, 2019
Manca poco meno di un mese all'evento teatrale piu atteso da tutta la comunita teatrale di tutto il mondo: il 9 giugno infatti, al Radio City Music Hall di New York, si svolgera la 73esima edizione dei Tony Awards. Per la seconda volta, James Corden sara il presentatore di questa serata, dopo aver ricevuto un Emmy Award per la sua performance nel 2016. Il 30 aprile, Bebe Neuwirth e Brandon Victor Dixon hanno annunciato i nomi delle opere teatrali (play e musical) in diretta streaming. Noi di BroadwayWorld non stiamo piu nella pelle! Ma soprattutto non possiamo stare con le mani in mano e, per il bene comune, vogliamo parlarvi un po' dei protagonisti di quest'anno: attori e spettacoli per lo piu poco noti in Italia ma che rappresentano, senza ombra di dubbio, il meglio di questa nuova stagione di Broadway. Nota a margine: ci muoveremo esclusivamente all'interno dell'ambito del teatro musicale (non ce ne vogliano gli appassionati di plays). Cominciamo questa nostra 'carrellata' con i protagonisti-non-protagonisti di quest'anno!
by Linnae Medeiros - May 10, 2019
We asked, and you answered! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the classic musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum just celebrated the anniversary of its opening night on Broadway! To celebrate, we asked BroadwayWorld readers to name the stars that they would love to see take on the iconic role of Pseudolus. Check out some of your most popular answers below!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019
Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Women's Division will hold its 65thSpirit of Achievement Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at The Rainbow Room in New York City to recognize notable achievements in theatre, writing, philanthropy and medicine. This year's luncheon will raise funds for comprehensive health care for women through cutting-edge research, discovery and teaching, as well as providing specialty care for all women.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announced today the 2019/2020 season, expanding its reach with twelve months of groundbreaking produced and presented works in dance, music, theater, cinema, and contemporary circus from renowned artists and companies around Southern California, the country, and the world. The season begins September 17, 2019, marking the fourth year of programming under the leadership of Artistic Director Paul Crewes and Executive Director/CEO Rachel Fine, and the seventh for the institution.
by Andrea Stephenson - Mar 31, 2019
In 1970, John-Michael Tebelak's master's thesis, Godspell, was first performed at Carnegie Mellon. Then in 1971, after a run at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Stephen Schwartz was hired to re-score the show before being produced off-Broadway. Godspell, which is primarily based on parables from the Gospel of Matthew (with a few from the Gospel of Luke and one from John), has had several revivals and numerous tours. Audiences can enjoy a unique interpretation of Godspell at Prima opening April 5th. To find out more about this upcoming production, I spoke with director J. Scott Lapp and Tayler Harris, the actor portraying Jesus.
by Matthew Blank - Jun 8, 2019
We chat with Max von Essen about his starring role in FALSETTOS. The show plays Kennedy Center June 11-23.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
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...
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 4, 2019
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: City Center season announced, Hadestown cast recording news, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
Casting has been confirmed for the 69th Broadway At Music Circus season, which begins June 11 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The season includes four Broadway At Music Circus premieres, Shrek the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wiz, and In the Heights.
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 18, 2019
Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Debra Messing returns to Broadway, first look at the West Side Story cast, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Applause New York presented four outstanding musicals during the Spring 2019 season. The actors (grades 9th-12th) gave outstanding and captivating performances to audiences at the Rose Nagelberg Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
The Colorado Theatre Guild's 14th Annual Henry Awards will take place Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Lone Tree Arts Center, located at 10075 Commons St. Lone Tree, CO 80124. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and the awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a catered reception at the Lone Tree Arts Center. Tickets are $35 for CTG members, $40 non-members or $50 at the door. Tickets go on sale Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 1:00PM MDT through the Lone Tree Arts Center website at www.LoneTreeArtsCenter.org or by calling the box office at 720-509-1000.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 18, 2019
On this day. we're celebrating Broadway star and one of the resident ghosts of the Winter Garden Theatre in Beetlejuice, the great Kerry Butler!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2019
Splashy casting news is plenty exciting but we're taking a moment to give a shoutout to the casts of some of Broadway's long-running shows. Meet the current cast of The Book of Mormon below!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2019
Multi-award winning Foothill Music Theatre presents Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific, legendary songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2019
RuPaul's Drag Race stars Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon have joined a new tour of the hit musical Xanadu!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Pittsburgh CLO will launch its second New Musicals Weekend, a project of the Next Generation Campaign's New Small Musicals Initiative. New Musicals Weekend, the mini version of the SPARK festival, takes the core goals of SPARK and puts them into action over just seven days. New Musicals Weekend aims to develop new musicals for the CLO Cabaret by supporting writing teams with financial and creative resources and by building relationships with local and national artists. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Critically-acclaimed musical theater singer and comedic cabaret artist  Maureen McVerry presents her New Solo Cabaret Show,
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Three additional schools* have been invited to perform on the main stage at the nation's leading high school theatre festival. They join eight schools announced previously this year. (Complete list of schools and shows to-date follows.)
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019
Last night, TheaterWorksUSA celebrated 57 years with its benefit at The Current at Chelsea Piers hosted by Broadway's James Snyder. The evening raised critical funds to support TheaterWorksUSA's mission which addresses the disproportionate accessibility of theater for young people by creating exceptional, transformative theatrical experiences for audiences in diverse communities throughout New York City and North America. The sold-out event honored TheaterWorksUSA champions, Marco Masotti and Tracy Stein, Judith C. Prince, and apple seeds.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019
Broadway, TV, and film star Cheyenne Jackson is the headliner at Olney Theatre Center's annual Gala on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Gala, which raises crucial funds for Olney Theatre Center, will also honor MedStar Montgomery Medical Center on its 100th Anniversary.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019
"Not everyone will go home a winner" in Goodman Theatre's world-premiere production of Lottery Day by Ike Holter, which appears through April 28 in the Owen Theatre. Holter concludes his seven-play "Rightlynd Saga"-the first play of which premiered five years ago, and has been hailed as "one of the most significant literary achievements in modern-day Chicago" (Chicago Tribune)-with a raucous theatrical bash, directed by Chicago native Lili-Anne Brown. Commissioned by the Goodman and developed through its New Stages Festival of new plays, Lottery Day takes place in a Rightlynd backyard where new characters and returning characters from the saga come together to create a work about the cost of belonging and the gift of community. Lottery Day appears through April 28 in the Owen Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019
Make this an unforgettable summer with a live performance at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts! The stage action kicks off in late May and runs through late August with 17 outstanding shows and events designed to spice summer nights.  The performances run the gamut from southern gospel, classic country, folk-rock, soft-disco rock and classical-crossover vocalists, patriotic salutes, a world-renowned boys choir, and children's musical theatre. It's all live on stage at the Spencer Theater, the finest spotlights in town. The world-class performance hall features supreme acoustics and intimate seating and is just 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019
The Green Room 42 is proud to bring the third show of The Music of... series, now a monthly resident show, 'GR42 Sings' back to it's stage!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2019
Award-winning local singer, Jaci Davis, returns for her 4th appearance at the Arthur Newman Theater at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2 PM in 'Jaci Sings Jule'.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2019
In the third concert of her More About The Melody series, cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf invites Tony Award-winning music director, Ted Sperling to host an evening celebrating the music of the three generations of the iconic Rodgers family: Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers, and Adam Guettel.
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 2, 2019
From Backgammon to Broadway, The Playboy Club on 42nd Street is becoming known for much more than just their bunnies! The club recently launched their Playboy Live series which features Broadway's rising stars performing the songs which have inspired them the most.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019
Jennifer Barnhart was such a hit in her first solo cabaret show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre this month that due to popular demand, she's been invited back for an encore performance of "It's About Time!" on Sunday, May 19th. Showtime is at 7pm. Click here for tickets.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019
STEEL MAGNOLIAS is playing at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire from May 10 to June 1, 2019
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2019
2019 MAC Award Nominees for Duo/Group Cheo Bourne and Lena Moy-Borgen are back with more cake! Moy-Borgen & Bourne's Office Party is coming to Don't Tell Mama on April 25th at 7pm. Watch them, your party planning committee, as they curate an awesome party for you - and this one is NSFW! Sylvia Feldman is our Employee of the Month and Emily Viega joins in as the new intern! Devon Perry music directs.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2019
Make this an unforgettable summer with a live performance at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts! The stage action kicks off in late May and runs through late August with 17 outstanding shows and events designed to spice summer nights.  The performances run the gamut from southern gospel, classic country, folk-rock, soft-disco rock and classical-crossover vocalists, patriotic salutes, a world-renowned boys choir, and children's musical theatre. It's all live on stage at the Spencer Theater, the finest spotlights in town. The world-class performance hall features supreme acoustics and intimate seating and is just 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2019
For the final show of the 2018-2019 season, The Players Club of Swarthmore presents Sister Act, the feel- good musical comedy based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg . Sister Act earned five Tony Award nominations in 2011 including Best Musical Score with music by Alen Menkin (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and lyrics by Glen Slater (The Little Mermaid).Sister Act was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical written by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (Cheers) and Douglas Carter Beane(Xanadu and The Little Dog Laughed). Sister Act is directed by Brian Walsh with musical direction by Ryan Goulden and choreography by Emma Bradley Dingle. Tickets are available online at www.pcstheater.org. For group rates, contact groupsales@pcstheater.org.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2019
Stages Repertory Theatre is thrilled to welcome Houston audiences to the regional premiere of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's critically-acclaimed Murder for Two. The hilarious murder mystery is slated for an 8-week run beginning April 24 in Stages' Arena Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 8 p.m. for a performance you won't want to miss!
by Herbert Paine - Apr 1, 2019
There's something for everyone in the Phoenix region's growing and robust world of theatre - from upstart to established companies, from black box to dinner theatre and theatre-in-the-round, from edgy and provocative to classics and family-friendly shows, from Broadway-inspired musicals to comedy and drama. Nonprofit theatre companies are leading the way in ensuring that Valley of the Sun audiences have as vital and diverse a selection of quality offerings as possible.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2019
After years of playing well with others - whether singing backup for friends' shows, or crooning alongside a cast of puppet characters - Jennifer Barnhart stepped into the spotlight and slayed in her debut solo cabaret, fittingly titled, 'It's About Time!' at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at the Westbank Cafe on 42nd Street.