Xanadu The Musical Opens June 6

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present the "hilarious, roller-skating musical adventure," Xanadu, June 6-July 6 on the Circle Stage.

Review for Xanadu:

Xanadu is heaven on wheels – a fun, lively musical about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. The book is by Douglas Carter Beane; the original hit score is composed by rock legends from the Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes the pop hits Magic, Evil Woman, Have You Never Been Mellow and Xanadu. The musical is based on the cult classic movie of the same title starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. 

The Theatre Centre has added extra events to make the production even more fun. After every Friday’s performance, theatregoers are invited to dance on the Xanadu stage at the CTC disco (June 6, 13, 20, and 27) and on Saturday, June 14, enjoy the Riverbend fireworks finale from the patio facing the Tennessee River after the performance. A complete list of special events follows.

Scott Dunlap, director, again teams with music director Jason Whitehead for Xanadu. The pair previously worked together to create previous CTC summer hits Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Rent.

Xanadu is a lighthearted yet unforgettable mix of muses and mortals, skaters in legwarmers, and one man’s dream to own his own roller-disco. Bobby Burkich plays Sonny, the chalk artist with the roller-disco dream. Kirsten Neal plays Kira (Clio in human form), the love interest that helps him move toward that dream. Greg Rambin, Sr., is Zeus. The muses (who also play other roles in the production) are Addie Counts (Erato), Garrett Henson (Terpsicore), Beth McClary (Melpomene), Ashlin Neal (Euterpe); Stefanie Oppenheimer (Calliope); and Greg Rambin, Jr., (Thalia). 

Kristy Compton is stage manager, with assistance from Stacy Helton.

The show runs under two hours, including an intermission. The Circle Theatre is general seating and, because of the roller skating and other surprises, there will be no late seating. Tickets are available now at TheatreCentre.com or by calling 267-8534 Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Productions and event schedules are as follows:

Friday, June 6, 8 p.m. Opening Night Gala begins at 7 p.m. / Disco after the performance

Saturday, June 7, 8 p.m.    

Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m. Featuring real-time captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons

Friday, June 13, 8 p.m.  Disco after the performance

Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m. Stay after the performance for the Riverbend fireworks finale

Sunday, June 15, 2:30 p.m.     

Friday June 20, 8 p.m.  Disco after the performance

Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m.     

Friday June 27, 8 p.m. Brewer Media Sponsors Girls’ Night Out/Disco after the performance

Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m.   

Saturday, July 5, 8 p.m. 

Sunday, July 6, 2:30 p.m.


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