‘Xanadu’ will hurt your funnybone

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.”

By Mark Kitaoka/Property Village Theatre The cast of Village Theatre’s musical ‘Xanadu’ sings the title song.

By Mark Kitaoka/Property Village Theatre
The cast of Village Theatre’s musical ‘Xanadu’ sings the title song.

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.

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‘Xanadu’ rolls in to Village Theatre

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.

By mike Hipple Jessica Skerritt stars as Kira and Dane Stokinger is Sonny Malone in Village Theatre’s production of ‘Xanadu.’

By mike Hipple
Jessica Skerritt stars as Kira and Dane Stokinger is Sonny Malone in Village Theatre’s production of ‘Xanadu.’

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.

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