Xanadu Will Kick Off Tour in California; Chicago to Follow

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16 May 2008

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

The new Broadway musical Xanadu — which was recently nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will launch its national tour this fall at the La Jolla Playhouse.

The acclaimed musical, based on the infamous film of the same name, will begin its limited engagement at the California venue Nov. 11 and play through Dec. 21. Xanadu will then head to a Chicago theatre to be announced for a six-month run beginning in January 2009.

Additional cities will be announced shortly.

As previously announced, the May 29 performance of the new musical at the Helen Hayes Theatre will be taped for the Lincoln Center Archives. Tickets are currently available to be part of that performance.

The Broadway cast of Xanadu will also be featured on the June 12 broadcast of "Live with Regis and Kelly." That morning chat show airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV, Channel 7 at 9 AM ET; check local listings.

Xanadu features Cheyenne Jackson, Kerry Butler, Tony Roberts, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Kenita Miller, Patti Murin, Kyle Dean Massey and Andre Ward.

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 Xanadu cast recording is available on the PS Classics label.

The Helen Hayes Theatre is located in Manhattan at 240 West 44th Street. For tickets call (212) 239-6200.