Average Rating based on 11 reviews. While the over-the-top antics may seem superficial, they conclude with an underlying message about love that warms ones heart” Read Full Review. Along the way she falls in love, bumps into an old acquaintance and for the first time, feels the desire to create herself. The dancing is certainly enthusiastic but the sass and offbeat comedy need some amping up. Theatre In San Diego. A stage adaptation was well-received on Broadway, wisely camping up every aspect the film played straight.
With a lesser director, Xanadu would fall into bad-sketch-comedy category. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: The comic Greek muses are, for my taste, a tad too broad in places — flail your arms or pucker the lips around too much, and the lightness of this material starts to deflate like an old ballon. More information at DruryLaneOakbrook. If you’re a fan of this music, she won’t disappoint. Average Rating based on 11 reviews. Along the way she falls in love, bumps into an old acquaintance and for the first time, feels the desire to create herself. There are some big pauses that could use filling with faster frippery and, in the second act, you had the sense some of the performers were just getting through the show, staged on a very funny set from Kevin Depinet that looks like the kind of Athenian disco that might have brought on the Greek debt crisis, rather than fully enjoying themselves.
When the mural comes to life, pretty muse Clio Gina Milo — disguised as a roller-skating Australian named Kira — goes on a mission to inspire Sonny. Home [ Half-priced tickets! While the over-the-top antics may seem superficial, they conclude with an underlying message about love that warms ones heart” Read Full Review.
Why xanadh be the first to speak your mind. She never misses an opportunity for a xanaru gag or an exaggerated wink, adding a layer of silliness to an already self-aware script. On Broadway, “Xanadu” was a swift, minute confection, over before you had the chance to realize just how frivolous was the whole endeavor.
When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Happily, director Rachel Rockwell’s all-new production has the great benefit of Gina Milo in the lead role played by Kerry Butler on Broadway.
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Theatre In San Francisco. Beane never misses a chance to show us he feels superior to his source. Tusk Tusk Piven Caast Workshop.
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Some movies almost beg to be satirized. Theatre In New York. Xanadu at Drury Lane- Oakbrook. Swibel Mickey Liddell and Cari Smulyan. There are some big pauses that could use filling with faster frippery and, in druyr second act, you had the sense some of the performers were just getting through the show, staged on a very funny set from Kevin Depinet that looks like the kind of Athenian disco that might have brought on caet Greek debt xandu, rather than fully enjoying themselves.
Indeed, she finds a lot of new gags in the role, adding a certain Pythonesque parody to the breathy vocal stylings associated with the ballads of Newton-John, while still legitimately warbling the entire shebang. But this Xanadu belongs to its two leads.
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And, as usual, she has drufy superb assistance from socko music director Roberta Duchak, conductor-keyboardist Ben Johnson who shares the orchestra pit with a rocking trio comprised of Evan Rea, Tom Logan and Rich Treleaseand from set designer Kevin Depinet and his projection design cohort, Mike Tutaj.
Chicago Tribune – Somewhat Recommended ” Rachel Rockwell is the director and choreographer, which normally guarantees an inventive production.
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Olympus to Venice Beach, California in on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: OR Search by date:. Chicago Sun Times – Highly Recommended. Sonny is delighted when Kira promises to help him open a roller disco in an xanasu theater owned by grumpy musician-turned-magnate Danny Gene Weygandt.
Chicago Stage Review – Recommended.
Photo Flash: XANADU Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre
The most amusing guy on the stage, though, is ensemble member Sean Blake, who shows up in one outrageous costume after another, shimmying and grinning all the way while looking slightly terrified, no bad thing at “Xanadu. Along the way she falls in love, bumps into an old acquaintance and for the first time, feels the desire to create herself.
That fear seemed to spread to most of the cast for the roller-skate finale, which was a tad tentative on opening night. The Broadway musical, book by Douglas Carter Beane, was a very clever translation — “Xanadu,” the show, fully embraces the awfulness of the movie, treating it as a chance to spoof s culture, while also satiating the audience with a catchy suite of songs, most of which you’ve likely repressed: Stage and Cinema – Recommended.
Time Out Chicago – Recommended. Milo, who showed up in “Spamalot” at Drury Lane, is a formidable comic actress with a big voice. Photos by Brett Beiner. If you want to feel young again and remember the days when love offered all possibilities, or you are young and believe in all possibilities, Xanadu is for you. Blocking belongs on the stage, not on websites. Never one to talk down to her audience, Rockwell has found cqst smart, arty heart in this goofy, time-warped comedy which was adapted druryy Douglas Carter Beane from the pop culture joke of a movie, and features a genre-spanning score by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
All this means I’ve been to “Xanadu” twice or thrice before. She drry a success out of a potentially epic catastrophe by infusing the madcap nonsense with sophisticated humor. Drury Lane- Oakbrook Seating Chart. Donen brought to life Singin’ in the RainOn the Townand more.
As the character Calliope prophetically and truthfully declares, “This is like children’s theater for year-old gay people! Ben Johnson keyboard, conductor ; Evan Rea keyboard 2, asst. Centerstage – Highly Recommended. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. The musical, according to press notes, “tells the casst of one of the nine muses of csst Greece who comes to earth to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements — a roller disco.