Xanadu Box Office to Open May 14; Skaters Welcome

News   Xanadu Box Office to Open May 14; Skaters Welcome The box office at the Helen Hayes Theatre will begin selling tickets to the new Broadway musical Xanadu May 14.

The first 200 people who skate or wear eighties-inspired clothing will be able to purchase tickets priced at $19.80 (limit is two per person). Skaters should begin arriving at 10 AM; the box office will open at noon, and the special offer will end at 2 PM. There will be refreshments as well as entertainment, courtesy of Rollerblade USA.

Those who choose not to skate or wear eighties apparel will be able to purchase half-price tickets that day at $49.50 (again, a two-ticket limit per person).

The "Skate to Xanadu" offer will continue on Mondays, June 4 and 25, July 16 and 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 10 and Oct. 1. On those days, skaters will be able to purchase half-priced tickets.

Xanadu is scheduled to begin previews May 23 at the Helen Hayes Theatre with an official opening June 26. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Beginning June 27, the musical will offer performances Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets, priced $41.25-$111.25, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. A limited number of onstage seats will be available at the box office for $41.25, and student seats, priced $26.25, will also be available at the box office the day of the performance. *

The Xanadu cast will be led by Kerry Butler as Kira; James Carpinello as Sonny; Tony Roberts as Danny; Mary Testa as Melpomeny, the evil muse of tragedy; and Jackie Hoffman as Calliope, the muse of epic. The ensemble will comprise Curtis Holbrook, Anika Larsen, Kenita R. Miller, Andre Ward and Marty Thomas.

Directed by Christopher Ashley, Xanadu will feature choreography by Dan Knechtges and musical direction by Eric Stern. The design team will include David Gallo (set 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).

Xanadu boasts a book by Little Dog Laughed playwright Douglas Carter Beane 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 1980 film "Xanadu" was written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and was directed by Robert Greenwald. Described as "a fantasy, a musical, a place where dreams come true," the film starred Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan, Dimitra Arliss, Katie Hanley, Fred McCarren and Ren Woods. Jeff Lynne and John Farrar composed the film's score.

The Helen Hayes Theatre is located in Manhattan at 240 West 44th Street.