The Broadway musical Xanadu has its final performance on Broadway this afternoon. Based on the flop film musical starring Olivia Newton-John, Broadway’s Xanadu featured Kerry Butler as a Greek muse and Cheyenne Jackson as the artist who she inspired. The Tony-nominated show, featuring a slew of memorable pop songs, played over 500 performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre before having its final performance on Broadway today. Xanadu is expected to have a production in London soon.
It was only a few days ago that Xanadu announced it would be ending its Broadway run on October 12, but today came the news that the campy musical will be wrapping up even earlier. Xanadu is now scheduled to have its final Broadway performance on September 28. Get discount tickets to see the show while you still can!
Broadway’s Xanadu, the new musical based on the infamous film musical flop, will be closing on October 12. With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and featuring the disco-pop songs from the movie, Xanadu is a campy, colorful laughfest that caters more to the sensibilities of Broadway fanatics. For that reason, most people didn’t think it would last long, but the show snagged great reviews when it opened last summer and managed a healthy run. When it closes, Xanadu will have played 49 previews and 528 regular Broadway performances.
Whoopi Goldberg will soon join the Broadway cast of Xanadu. Movie star and co-host of The View Goldberg will be taking on the role of the wise-cracking muse Calliope, currently being played by Jackie Hoffman. Goldberg will be in the silly Broadway musical from July 29 to September 7, while The View is on hiatus and Hoffman is on leave from the show. To get discount tickets to see Whoopi in Xanadu, click here.
In celebration of the recent release of the Xanadu cast recording, Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa, Jackie Hoffman, and the entire Broadway company will appear at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway at 66th Street) on January 10 at 5:30pm. Cast members will perform songs from the show and, along with Xanadu bookwriter Douglas Carter Beane, will sign copies of the CD.
Although it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody at this point, a producer of Xanadu has finally made the announcement that James Carpinello won’t be returning to the show. Carpinello originated the role of Sonny in Xanadu on Broadway, but was injured during previews, at which point Cheyenne Jackson took over the part. Carpinello was initially expected to return after he recovered, but it’s now official that Jackson will continue to play Sonny on Broadway.
Xanadu, the first show of the 2007-2008 Broadway season, opened to mostly positive reviews on July 10. A musical that both celebrates and lampoons the camp film classic starring Olivia Newton-John, Xanadu had some setbacks during previews. The show’s buzz was mixed, and its leading man, James Carpinello, was injured after only a few performances. But with a largely enthusiastic reaction from the Broadway critics, Xanadu may have a bright future on the Great White Way.
Xanadu, the newest musical to hit Broadway, has had to postpone its opening due to the injury of lead actor James Carpinello. Starting June 22, Cheyenne Jackson (All Shook Up, Altar Boyz) will take over the role of Sonny until Carpinello heals. A new opening date has yet to be announced for Xanadu, which began Broadway previews on May 23.