London Premiere of Xanadu Opens Tonight

News   London Premiere of Xanadu Opens Tonight
 
The U.K. premiere of Xanadu, the 2007 Tony-nominated Broadway musical version of the cult 1980 film about a woman who makes dreams come true, opens officially Nov. 2, following previews that began Oct. 16, for a run through Nov. 21.

The film starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The London stage version features Carly Anderson as Kira, with Samuel Edwards as Sonny, Alison Jiear as Melpomene, Lizzy Connolly as Calliope, Micha Richardson as Erato, Joel Burman as Terpsicore, Nicholas Duncan as Thalia and Emily McGougan as Euterpe.

With a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar (of the Electric Light Orchestra), the production is directed by Paul Warwick Griffin and designed by Morgan Large, with choreography by Nathan M. Wright and sound by Richard Brooker.

Samuel Edwards
Samuel Edwards Photo by Helen Maybanks

Anderson was recently seen in Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End. Other theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady at Sheffield Crucible and the national tours of South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

 

Edwards recently played Fiyero on the national tour of Wicked. West End credits include Les Misérables, Ghost and Wicked, as well as The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Jiear was last seen in the West End The 3 Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre, and was recently a semi-finalist in this year's "Britain's Got Talent." She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Shawntel in the original National and West End production of Jerry Springer The Opera. Other theatre credits include On the Town for English National Opera and Shoes at Sadler’s Wells.

Connolly recnetly appeared in the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath, and was also seen as Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre.

Richardson has appeared in the national tours of Legally Blonde and We Will Rock You.

In the show, Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, CA, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco. But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu features the chart-topping songs from the film, including "Magic," "Suddenly," "I’m Alive," "Evil Woman," "All Over the World” and, of course, the title track "Xanadu."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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