"Silliness is its own reward when Greek mythology slams into roller disco and Olivia Newton-John hits...Credit has to go not only to Douglas Carter Beane's witty adaptation of the 1980 film flop - now a minor cult classic - but to Director Jeff Collister and his Center REP cast and crew."

Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Proven by Walnut Creek's Center Repertory Company, in the right hands (or feet), the ridiculous can be sublime. That's the case with "Xanadu," the stage musical version of the 1980 film.. a beyond-camp, sharp, bright comedy that fires a constant barrage of silly tracer bullets at a willing audience.. Director Jeff Collister moves the show like a fast night at the roller disco, and helps his cast squeeze every bit of comedy out of the piece."

Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times/ San Jose Mercury News

 

"This is such an enjoyable production, filled with broad comedy, charming pop and some wonderful calibrated little details that reward the careful observer (and fans of the movie)..Enough cannot be said about leading lady Danielle, who sings, jokes and ROLLERSKATES like a dream. Olivia Newton-John wishes she could be so funny and so graceful."

Chad Jones, theaterdogs.net

 

"Xanadu at Center REP is Spectacularly Outrageous.. all-fun, fantastic staging on Center REP’s Lesher stage. It is a hoot and a holler, extravagant, kaleidoscopic, implausibly outrageous (pick your own adjective), and must-be-seen to be believed West Coast production."

Kedar K. Adour, kedaradourforallevents.blogspot.com

 

"This comedy cocktail will definitely give you a buzz. There is a treasure trove of beautiful tunes, a madcap plot and visual inventive delights. Then there are the frothy, fabulous costumes and the beautiful sets. Believe me you will be astounded with the romantic moments. It's a choreography marvel."

Lee Hartgrave, Beyond Chron

Xanadu

Book by
Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by
Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
Based on the film by
Universal Pictures
Screenplay by
Richard Danus & Marc Rubel
Directed by
Jeff Collister
Choreographed by
Jennifer Perry
Musical Direction by
Brandon Adams

May 18 - June 23, 2012

A young artist is trying to paint his enduring masterpiece (in chalk) on the boardwalk of Venice Beach and before you can say "roller disco!" his Muse appears in the form of Olivia Newton-John to guide him to full artistic satisfaction. Hey, it's the 80s, they did stuff like this then. Based on the legendary cult film with Newton-John and Gene Kelly, and packed with her chart-topping hits ("Magic," "I'm Alive," "Have You Never Been Mellow"), this is inspired lunacy at its most buoyant and hilarious.

Who's Who
 
CREATIVE TEAM
Directed by Jeff Collister
Choreography by Jennifer Perry
Musical Direction by Brandon Adams
Scenic Design by Kelly Tighe
Lighting Design by Kurt Landisman+
Costume Design by Victoria Livingston-Hall
Sound Design by Jeff Mockus+
THE CAST
Ben Bogen
as Swing Muse
Evan Boomer
as Muse
Brittany Danielle*
as Kira
 
Mark Farrell*
as Muse
Catherine Gloria
as Muse
Tim Homsley
as Sonny
 
Taylor Jones
as Swing Muse
Dyan McBride*
as Melpomene
Maureen McVerry*
as Calliope
 
 
Tom Reardon
as Danny
Sharon Rietkerk*
as Muse
*Member, Actors Equity Association
+Member, United Scenic Artists
 
 

 

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