Monday, March 22, 2010

About the Play

Xanadu is a 90-minute musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 cult classic of the same name which was, in turn, inspired by the 1974 Rita Hayworth film Down to Earth.

The story of the whimsical and comic musical focuses on the Greek muse, Clio, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest creation of his life - a roller disco. But when Clio, disguised as an Australian roller girl named Kira, falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and Clio risks eternal banishment to the underworld.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2007. It has earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book.

Xanadu features songs made popular by Olivia Newton-John in the film of the same title, including MAGIC, SUDDENLY, SUSPENDED IN TIME, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN MELLOW, and the hit title track, XANADU.

With an abundance of pop songs from the 80's, a hilarious and light-hearted comic script, and some amazing roller skating, Xanadu is a hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you.

Xanadu is a 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.

Xanadu recently opened a US National Tour and will soon be opening productions in London West End and in Korea. The Philippine Production of Xanadu opens in 2010 and will be directed by Bobby Garcia. It will star theater and recording actress, Rachel Alejandro, who was also seen in Atlantis' RENT and AVENUE Q, as Clio/Kira; and the current golden boy of Philippine Theater, Felix Rivera from Atlantis' AVENUE Q and SPELLING BEE productions, as Sonny.

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