Monday, December 18, 2006

Broadway Can-Du?

Broadway Can-Du?

When we last checked in on the new stage musical version of Xanadu, it was working toward an Off-Broadway berth. But now, Xanadu is officially Broadway bound and is expected to land at the Helen Hayes Theatre in May 2007.

Earlier this year, I reported on the August readings for the show, which on paper, sounded more promising than the film flop with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. That flick was famously derided as Xana-don’t.

So with all that back history, what on earth could make producers Rob Ahrens and Dan Vickery think they could succeed on stage? Was it the pairing of Tony winner Jane Krakowski with up-and-coming Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson (although official casting is yet to be announced)? Or was it a promising book by Douglas Carter Beane (who gave the Great White Way The Little Dog Laughed)? Whatever it was, it must have struck a very kitschy chord.

Say what you will, but Ahrens and Vickery are certainly demonstrating more than just a little chutzpah in bringing this guilty pleasure to the Broadway boards, and the end result may just inspire enough tongue wagging to make it a must-see hit a la Mamma Mia.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
A Place Where Nobody Dared To Go...Until Now: They Call It Xanadu (July 18, 2006)

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