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Xanadu to open at Village Theatre on Sept.12 | Roller-Disco and Greek mythology collide on stage
Real life husband and wife Dane Stokinger (Sonny Malone) and Jessica Skerritt (Kira/Clio) will perform together at the Village Theatre in the spirited tongue-in-cheek musical comedy based on the 1980 film of the same name, Xanadu.
Stokinger and Skerritt met in 2007 on Village Theatre’s stage playing Elvis and Elvis’ girlfriend in Million Dollar Quartet. This fall they will strap on their skates for this hilarious musical-on-wheels.
Ancient mythology collides with the world of disco as the Greek muse Kira descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California.
Love, jealousy and synthesizer music abound as Kira inspires struggling artist Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of his life — the world’s first roller-disco. The musical score includes the hits, “I’m Alive,” “Suddenly” and “Magic” originated by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
The original 1980 film version starring Hollywood heavyweights Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly was a surprise "flop" while the 2007 Broadway musical version was a surprise smash. Xanadu the musical ran on Broadway for over 500 performances and opened with a cast that included Seattle’s Cheyenne Jackson. The musical was nominated for multiple Tony awards and received both an Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Drama Desk award.
“This show is about the power of love. Well, it’s about the power of love and the power of great rock classics and the awesomeness of roller disco. All of us are working at amping up the wit, the hilarity and the dance moves," said director David Ira Goldstein.
Tickets on sale now for the Sept. 12 through Oct. 20 run at http://www.villagetheatre.org/issaquah/tickets.php.