Xanadu brings mythology music, mayhem to Arts Center

The Broadway smash hit, Xanadu, is this summer’s Arts Center phenom, on stage from June 17-July 26. The musical follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 in a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! When she accidentally falls in love with him, much to her jealous sister-muses’ dismay, chaos and fun abound, skate wheels turn and disco balls twirl.

Packed with upbeat songs by Electric Light Orchestra and John Farrar (composer of most of Olivia Newton John’s hits) including “Magic,” “All Over the World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Strange Magic,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Xanadu,” to name a few. The hilarious, roller-skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to this legendary hit score.

Take this marvelous 80s music and add in a romantic, whimsical story that’s full of comedy, as it spoofs the eponymous movie, and you have the magic of Xanadu. “family-friendly ‘80s music all rolled up into one pair of skates. The energy of this show is electrifying, and the audience will find themselves singing familiar songs and rocking to disco music throughout the performance.”

Directed by DJ Salisbury, who returns to the Arts Center for his tenth show, and numerous New York productions, Xanadu is perfectly in sync with everything that’s great about summertime. It’s set in sunny Venice Beach, California, after all, so there’s a distinct aura of carefree breeziness. And a little love in the air!

DJ is thrilled to direct this show, saying, “I love the overthe- top fun of sending up the eccentricities of the late 70’s/ early 80’s disco phase. Every ‘look back’ - no matter the era - brings some blush of embarrassment, but in Xanadu’s treatment of the styles of dress, the lyrics and music of some songs that defined the late disco era, it is both charming and funny while still forgiving and generous.

“Xanadu is family-friendly ‘80s music all rolled up into one pair of skates. The energy of this show is electrifying, and the audience will find themselves singing familiar songs and rocking to the incredible music throughout the performance.”

The original production of Xanadu opened on Broadway in 2007 to glowing reviews.

Xanadu brilliantly blends satire, parody, comedy and drama to create a delightfully entertaining musical worthy of Zeus.

Preview performances (June 17 & 18) are $35 for adults and $25 for children 4-15; Regular tickets (June 19 – July 26) are $45 for adults and $31 for children. For tickets, call the box office at (843) 842-ARTS or visit www.artshhi.com.

DETAILS

What: Xanadu (musical)
When: June 17-July 26
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island
Tickets: $25-$45
More info: 843-842-ARTS, artshhi.com.