Broadway musical gets in touch with roots
The Broadway of “Xanadu” at the Helen Hayes theater in Gotham on July 10 brought out some brave theatergoers who donned leopard-skin blazers, light-up tie tacks and eye-stinging sequins in keeping with the tuner’s ‘80s theme.
The show, adapted from the famously panned 1980 movie musical of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John, features a new book by Doug-las Carter Beane that sends up the film’s foibles.
But despite the original pic’s poor reviews, Newton-John was front and center at the opening, and clapped along to star Kerry Butler’s performance.
“I loved it,” said Newton-John of the new pop-rock tuner. “When we made the movie, I knew the dialogue was bad and I knew I didn’t do it well,” she admitted. “But I also knew the music was wonderful and the dancing was wonderful.”