Xanadu on Broadway

November 9, 2007

How does one even begin to describe “Xanadu? Finally a stage version of the 1980 movie “Xanadu” arrives Off Broadway. Xanadu is a remake of the classic 1942 film “down to earth” starring Rita Hayworth. Updated and revamped to give it a very late 70’s feel, this new version still holds true to the classic tale of a muse who comes to earth to inspire. The 9 sister Goddesses from the ancient greek myths are rulers of the arts, song and dance. Their purpose is to inspire. This was everything that I knew about “Xanadu” by searching internet after my supervisor gave me tickets. However, we have similar story in Korea so it was not strange to me.

The 90-minute show, which started the new season last night at the Helen Hayes Theatre, is a grand little piece of smart dumb fun. Every shows get fans, but the Xanadu was special. Some fans fly in from as far away as California. Even one married couple are so smitten that they’ve seen it more than 70 times. After show, I would become repeat customer. During show, I sit there with a smile on my face from beginning to end, it’s infectious. There are multiple reasons for affection: an uplifting script, a built-in movie fan base, familiar songs, the warmth actors.

My favorite thing was a small, intimate theater that lets audience members sit on stage for as little as $41, glow sticks included. It’s fantastic to have an hour and a half to just laugh and not worry about everything else that’s going on. It’s something that anybody can come in and enjoy the music, the dancing and just the energy of the people performing. Especially I loved those songs, so I’m sure that I’m going to humming them for the next several days. If you have not seen that musical yet, absolutely go see it without a doubt.

By: Sae Na Park (Korea)

Here is another Review: 

It’s not easy to watch a show on Broadway these days because the theaters have been on strike since a few days ago. However, there is a tenacious little show in spite of the situation. It’s called “Xanadu.”
It’s about the love between a muse and a guy who loves dancing and is trying to make a disco lounge in a vacant spot, which belongs to another middle aged guy. As you can imagine, there’s nothing different about this story other than it’s like every other love triangle out there. However, why is it that people keep on seeking out this particular show continuously?
Firstly, the heroine of the show has such a beautiful voice that there might be no one that can resist falling into a trance when she sings a song. She is already very famous for her abilities in the theatrical/musical world, and may be one of the most influential women on Broadway.  In addition, she is also very beautiful, beyond comparison of others.
Secondly, I was very satisfied with not only the beauty of her but with the efforts of the other characters. Everything about the show is composed firmly and the characters are well-trained. As the show goes half on its way, the cast becomes more rhythmical and powerful, and audience also becomes excited along with them.
Finally, the atmosphere is filled with a home-like feeling. The theater and stage are not much too big, and the tickets are also reasonably priced.  To me, people become one during the show because I can feel each other’s enthusiasm.
While big and famous shows are on strike and have been damaging to many visitors’ schedule and money, my little Xanadu still remains there and is doing what it does best, and well; I might add.  If someone wants to enjoy their time in New York City  and dance with their shoulders moving up and down without any pressure, I strongly recommend – Xanadu.

-By Kim Hyo ryeong (Korea)


4 Responses to “Xanadu on Broadway”

  1. daveross Says:


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  3. robertjkass Says:

    Was this not the most fun you have had in years?!?!? I loved, loved, loved this show. Glad you did too!

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