Due to popular demand of its catchy tunes and hilarious one-liners, Stages Repertory Theatre is extending the run of Xanadu (book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and Jeff Farrar) through July 20! This roller-skating musical - which that description alone should be enough to make you want to check it out - is based on the 1980 cult classic film starring Olivia Newton-John. The show tells the tale of Kira, a beautiful Greek muse, who comes down from Mount Olympus to sunny California in order to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist, to create what she believes to be the ultimate artistic achievement of all time - the Roller Disco! Of course, Kira has to fall in love with Sonny - a no-no for a muse to fall in love with a mortal - so her sisters come together to create confusion, mayhem, and hilarity as Sonny puts together his project.
The cast includes Cameron Bautsch, Mark Ivy, Shanae'a Moore, Amanda Parker, Thomas Prior, Katie Porterfield, Tamara Siler, Julie Simpson-Garcia, Holland Vavra, and Kristopher Ward. Don't miss your chance to see these great Stages favorites and a couple of talented newcomers perform a fun, exhilarating show that's just perfect for summertime fun!
Stages provides a bit of history behind Xanadu and how it transitioned from film cult classic to major Broadway hit: "Xanadu began previews on Broadway on May 23, 2007, at the Helen Hayes Theatre and opened on July 10, 2007. Directed by Christopher Ashley with choreography by Dan Knechtges, it closed on September 28, 2008, after 49 previews and 513 performances. Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson starred. Xanadu was nominated for 4 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical”, and an additional 5 Drama Desk Awards, also including “Outstanding Musical”." Now, it's here in Houston and you won't want to miss out!
The performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, with additional Sunday matinees. The weeknight shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the weekend evenings at 8:00 p.m., with the matinees performing at 3:00 p.m. These performances will take place on Stages' large stage, located at 3201 Allen Parkway. The show runs for approximately 2 hours with one intermission. Tickets to the performances start at only $19, so this is a great steal for a wonderful little piece of musical theatre. To purchase tickets, visit their website at www.stagestheatre.com or call the box office at 713.527.0123.