We're due for 'Xanadu: The Musical'

161824__xanadu_lReally, the only amazing thing about a Xanadu musical is how long it took to happen.

Xanadu, the notorious 1980 movie-musical starring Olivia Newton John (pictured), is coming to the Broadway stage. In doing so, it will raise camp levels in New York — already well above the national average — to roughly a billion parts per billion, a peak unseen since Carrie the Musical padded into the wings, leaving abashed little pig’s-blood footprints behind it.

A friend of a friend gifted me this: "The cast of [Boy George-penned, Rosie O’Donnell-produced flop] Taboo x performing Carrie = Xanadu. Just add roller skates." Yes, skates! That’s the whole point of the movie: A Greek muse helps a young schmuck open a roller disco. Kind of a timeless story, really, if you’re one of those select creationists who claim time began in 1974 and ended in 1979.

In case you’re wondering, yes, they’ll be using all the original music from the film. The book is by the distressingly legitimate playwright Douglas Carter Beane ("As Bees in Honey Drown"). But this is really the only drawback I can see on the horizon. The stage is set for spangly disaster.

How much camp is too much camp? Can irony perform so many contortions, it goes from camp to cramp? Can I now make the semiotic leap from "cramp" to "crap"? (No.) Has anyone whispered the words Starlight Express to the producers yet?

addCredit(“Xanadu: Everett Collection”)

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  • johnathan

    Scott Brown, you’re hilarious man.

  • daisyj

    *Crossings fingers and toes, hoping for a pre-Broadway test run in San Francisco ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.*

  • Paul U.

    XANADU ROCKS MY WORLD! this is such good news! i may change my vacation from San Fran to NYC just to see this!

  • Tim L

    The only way I would see this musical is if it started with the word Rose Bud.

  • molla

    I must have watched Xanadu 8 billion times as a little girl. I would totally go see this musical.

  • mike

    Is there a question of whether they use all the original music? It was the only saving grace to the train wreck on rollerskates movie. Besides ONJ, ELO had another 2 or 3 hits off the soundtrack and it was the first time I saw the Tubes.

  • dma69

    I first saw Xanadu when I was about 10 or 11. Even though I thought it was pretty cheesy, there was something fun and interesting about it. I watched it numerous times over the years. Haven’t seen it in a long time but I still remember the ridiculous outfits, the equally ridiculous hairstyles, Gene Kelly on roller skates, and especially the ’40s vs ’80s mash-up. Must be seen to be believed.

  • stephanie travitsky

    WHYYYYY???? This movie was soo bad! All except for Don Bluth’s animation and Jeff Lynne’s brilliant compositions the movie was plain cheese with holes. What’s next? Can’t Stop the Music or The Apple?

  • Stephanie

    A roller skating musical. Two words: Starlight Express.



  • thesaintfl

    They are going to have a broadway musical without ONJ? What’s Xanadu without the beautiful and talented Olivia and her smile?!! I would be watching and thinking, when is Olivia coming out..?

  • A. Cross

    I’m waiting for the “9 to 5″ musical. When Lord WHEN?!

  • Robert Rubin

    The music remains good in this new Broadway production. However, the updated jokes constantly intrupt the good music. This does not belong on Broadway. The two bad muses are really annoying.

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