Xanadu Opening Postponed Due to Carpinello Injury

News   Xanadu Opening Postponed Due to Carpinello Injury A production spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com that the June 26 opening date of the new Broadway musical Xanadu has been postponed due to the June 12 injury of lead actor James Carpinello, who has been playing the role of Sonny opposite Kerry Butler's Kira.

James Carpinello and Kerry Butler star in Xanadu.
James Carpinello and Kerry Butler star in Xanadu. Photo by Bruce Glikas

Carpinello injured his foot while roller skating during a June 12 rehearsal. Andre Ward, Carpinello's understudy who usually plays the part of Terpsicore, assumed the role of Sonny at the June 12 evening performance. Ward also performed June 13 and will play the role until further notice.

A spokesperson for the musical told Playbill.com that at this time there is no word on "any replacement or the length of time James will be out of the show." There is also no new opening date.

Xanadu began previews at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre May 23. The cast also features 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." Xanadu, which is performed without an intermission, features the songs "I'm Alive," "Magic," "Evil Woman," "Suddenly," "Whenever You're Away From Me," "Dancin'," "Strange Music," "All Over the World," "Don't Walk Away," "Fool," "The Fall," "Suspended in Time," "Have You Never Been Mellow?" and "Xanadu."

The 1980 film "Xanadu" was written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and was directed by Robert Greenwald.

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.

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

James Carpinello and Kerry Butler star in <i>Xanadu</i>.
James Carpinello and Kerry Butler star in Xanadu. Photo by Bruce Glikas