Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Xanadu: Trading "The Fall" For "All Over The World"

Xanadu: Trading "The Fall" For "All Over The World"

Despite the fact it's still playing to nearly two-thirds capacity crowds, Xanadu is now set to hang up its Broadway roller skates. Nominated for four Tony Awards earlier this year, Xanadu will skate across the Helen Hayes Theatre stage one last time on October 12 before finally closing.

I rather enjoyed this tuner, even though it was far from great. The best thing about it was that it never aspired to be anything more than what it is: a wickedly funny take on one of the worst films of all time. Xanadu's brilliant cast -- including Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa -- certainly conjured up a magic spell, making all the difference in ensuring its success as a campy cult classic.

By the time the show shutters, it will have enjoyed 528 regular performances. But if you're lamenting Xanadu's closing, fear not the end. The show is already performing overseas -- in Seoul, South Korea of all places. Not only will it play in other Southeast Asia venues, along with plans to mount the show from London to Australia, but a North American tour will roll into the San Diego area's La Jolla Playhouse this November.

They don't call it Xanadu for nothing.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 17 September, 2008, Blogger Dale said...

It deserves to be seen more I think. It was a good bit of fun and I loved seeing Jackie Hoffman!


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