"The View" to Welcome Xanadu’s Butler and Jackson

News   "The View" to Welcome Xanadu’s Butler and Jackson Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson, who co-star in the new Broadway musical Xanadu, will make a guest appearance on "The View" Aug. 1.

Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson in Xanadu.
Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson in Xanadu. Photo by Peter Lueders/Paul Kolnik Studio

Butler and Jackson are scheduled to perform "Suddenly" on the ABC talk show, which airs in the metropolitan area on Channel 7 at 11 AM ET. "The View" is co-hosted by Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Xanadu co-stars Butler as Kira and Jackson as Sonny with Tony Roberts as Danny Maguire/Zeus, Curtis Holbrook as Thalia, Anika Larsen as Euterpe, Kenita Miller as Erato, Mary Testa as Melpomene/Medusa, Jackie Hoffman as Calliope/Aphrodite, André Ward as Terpsicore and Marty Thomas as a Featured Skater.

Directed by Christopher Ashley, Xanadu features choreography by Dan Knechtges and musical direction and arrangements by Eric Stern. The design team includes David Gallo (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), David Zinn (costume design), T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella (sound design), Zachary Borovay (projections design) and Charles LePoint (wig and hair design). John Miller is music coordinator.

Xanadu boasts a book by Little Dog Laughed playwright Douglas Carter Beane — a 2007 Tony Award nominee — and utilizes songs from John Farrar and Jeff Lynne's film soundtrack. The musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of one of the nine muses of ancient Greece who comes to earth to inspire the greatest of artistic achievements – a roller disco. Along the way she falls in love, bumps into an old acquaintance and for the first time, feels the desire to create herself."

The musical plays the Helen Hayes Theatre.