Lead actor Carpinello injured in rehearsal
The Broadway production of “Xanadu” postponed its June 26 opening after lead actor James Carpinello injured himself in a June 12 rehearsal of the roller-skating tuner.
Producers hope Carpinello will return to the show at some point during its run, but in the meantime they are beginning a search for a new leading man to open the show. Previews will continue with Carpinello’s understudy, Andre Ward, playing the male lead.
The new opening date has not been set.
“Xanadu” began previews May 23 at the Helen Hayes Theater. For the week ending June 10, receipts totaled $140,206.
Based on the 1980 flop pic about a roller disco, the Olivia Newton-John starrer “Xanadu” folds music from the movie into a new book by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Little Dog Laughed”). Christopher Ashley helms a cast that includes Kerry Butler (in the Newton-John role), Tony Roberts and Jackie Hoffman.