‘Xanadu’ lights on past ties

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.”

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