Krakowski takes off skates

'30 Rock' actress skipping 'Xanadu'

Jane Krakowski won’t be rollerskating back to Broadway after all.

Thesp was never officially announced for the lead role of the Rialto-bound tuner “Xanadu,” but after she starred in workshops of the show, most recently in late January, legiters were beginning to look forward to seeing her perf this spring in the full production.

According to a rep for “Xanadu,” Krakowski won’t do the Broadway run due to conflicts with her sked for NBC laffer “30 Rock.” Rep adds that the “Xanadu” timeline remains unchanged, with casting still to be announced and an opening night at the Helen Hayes Theater set for May.

Krakowski’s turn in Douglas Carter Beane’s new adaptation of the 1980 roller disco pic was a highlight for insiders who attended the January workshop. The thesp’s attachment to the project seemed one of its most bankable assets.

Krakowski won a Tony in 2003 for “Nine” and made her 1987 Broadway debut on rollerskates in “Starlight Express.” More recently, she starred alongside Ewan McGregor in “Guys and Dolls” on the West End.

Whether any other of the workshop’s participants — including Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa and Jackie Hoffman — will appear in the Rialto production is still up in the air.

Based on the camp classic flop that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, “Xanadu” follows a frustrated artist and a has-been big band leader inspired by a mysterious woman to build a flashy roller disco. Taken from the film, tunes includes chart-topper “Magic.”

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