Xanadu (stage review)

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Xanadu.  Your time is almost up if you want to catch this show at Addison’s Watertower Theatre.  I believe the last performance is tomorrow afternoon.  Anyway, I saw it last night and thought it was a lot of fun.  Apparently it is based on a fairly ridiculous Olivia Newton-John movie that I have never seen.  The stage version plays it strictly for laughs.  The Greek muses descend on Venice Beach, California in 1980, and head muse Clio decides to lavish inspiration on a brain-dead mural artist named Sonny Malone.  Meanwhile, two of Clio’s sister muses become envious of Clio’s status as favored daughter of Zeus and plot to make her fall in love with Sonny–a big no-no under Zeus’s decree.  It’s pretty silly–Clio spends much of the show in roller skates and leg warmers–but quite entertaining.  The songs are enjoyable and include at least a couple of ELO’s hits, “Evil Woman” and “Strange Magic.”  Check it out–if tickets are still available!


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