September 17, 2013
Musical pokes fun at Olivia Newton-John, the 1980s and itself
I’ve chuckled at some funny moments in Village Theatre productions. Even some of their dramas have brought a tear to my eye.
But never have I laughed so hard that I cried as I did when watching the latest musical, “Xanadu.”
Never having seen the movie of the same name staring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, I think made for a more enjoyable experience. I never knew what to expect next while knowing only the basics — the musical is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to a cheesy ‘80’s movie about a Greek muse who intends to inspire, only to fall in love with a down-on-his-luck artist who wants to create a roller disco.
September 10, 2013
Village Theatre will roll “Xanadu” into town beginning Sept. 12 in the first co-production with the Arizona Theatre Co.
Based loosely on the 1980’s, Olivia Newton John-led flop, “Xanadu” was rewritten for the stage as a musical in 2007. It follows the story of the muse Clio descending from Mount Olympus to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, only to fall into a forbidden love.
The plan to stage a co-production between the Village Theatre and the Arizona Theatre Co. has been ongoing. Director David Ira Goldstein came up from Arizona to begin what will be a six-month run of the musical that will travel through four cities.