Golden Opportunity: Annie Golden Will Step in for Xanadu's Hoffman Aug. 29

News   Golden Opportunity: Annie Golden Will Step in for Xanadu's Hoffman Aug. 29
Singer-actress Annie Golden will play Calliope and Aphrodite in the acclaimed new musical Xanadu at both the matinee and evening performances Aug. 29, according to a production spokesperson.

Annie Golden
Annie Golden

Golden is the standby for comedic actress Jackie Hoffman, who usually plays those roles. Hoffman will return to the company at the Helen Hayes Theatre Aug. 30.

Annie Golden was recently seen Off-Broadway in Mimi Le Duck. The actress has provided acclaimed supporting turns in such shows as Broadway's The Full Monty, On the Town and Ah! Wilderness!, as well as the original Off-Broadway production of Assassins.

Xanadu also boasts Kerry Butler as Kira and Cheyenne 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, 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 features 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 Helen Hayes Theatre is located in Manhattan at 240 West 44th Street.

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