The 1980 film starring Olivia Newton John attempted to bring the new roller disco craze to the screen, embedded in a silly story about a goddess coming to earth to help a young entrepreneur, but bolstered by a soundtrack filled with attractive pop tunes. Critics hated the movie and box office receipts were terrible, but the songs remained popular and a Xanadu cult persisted in keeping the title alive. Understandable skepticism greeted the news that the film was being turned into a Broadway musical in 2007, but witty playwright Douglas Carter Beane knew just what to do with the material, turning it into an affectionate spoof of the film and of the era. Critically acclaimed, the 90-minute show earned several Tony nominations including Best Musical, and enjoyed a successful run in New York and on tour. The 2012 MTWichita production physically expanded to fill a larger stage space, and instead of a cast of 10, as was the case on Broadway, there were 30 performers in Wichita and a whole fleet of mirror balls.
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Tiia E. Torchia designed a witty and flashy set of costumes for this spoof of the 1980s roller disco era. Nine goddesses appear, including leading lady Clio, and begin to work their magic on a young mortal who wants to create art. The inexplicable plot ultimately includes a troupe of 1940s band singers mixing it up with orange-suited rockers, a collection of mythical creatures like Cyclops, Zeus, Medusa, Hermes, Eros, Centaur, and Satyr parading around Mt. Olympus, and assorted skaters from the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California, finding heaven in a disco roller rink.
Supported cast: 3-principals / 8-muses / 10-Mt. Olympus / mixed ensemble
Shipping: 1-gondola / 1-box
Principal size range: Female-0 to 14 / Male 36 to 42
# Ensemble Bottoms: Specific to script
# Ensemble Tops: Specific to script
Shoes: 5-pair Roller Skates
# of drops: 1
Types of goods: Scrim
Size range: 12’x12’