XANADU comes to Southwark Playhouse this October
June 3, 2015  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

xanadu-700x455The UK Premiere of the smash-hit Broadway musical comedy, XANADU, based on the 1980s classic cult movie comes to Southwark Playhouse this autumn

Book by Douglas Carter Beane. Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
Directed by Paul Warwick Griffin. Designed by Morgan Large.
Choreography by Nathan M. Wright. Sound by Richard Brooker. 

Media night: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 7.30pm
Run: Friday 16 October – Saturday 21 November 2015

Xanadu is the hilarious roller skating musical adventure based on the 1980s cult movie classic which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus for Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco… Well hey, it is 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu features the chart topping songs from the film: “Magic”, “Suddenly”, “I’m Alive”, “Evil Woman”, “All Over the World” and of course, “Xanadu”!

Xanadu originally opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway in 2007 where it ran for over 500 performances, winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book.  It was also nominated for four Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress, Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. The musical broke the Helen Hayes one-day box office record the day after the reviews came out.

Casting to be announced.