Xanadu's Butler, Jackson, Hoffman and Testa Schedule TV Appearances

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The stars of the new musical Xanadu will be seen on the small screen within the next few weeks.

On Sept. 12 Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson will appear on ABC-TV's "The View." Butler and Jackson, who play, respectively, Clio and Sonny in the musical at the Helen Hayes Theatre, will perform "Suddenly." "The View" airs in the metropolitan area on WABC-TV, Channel 7 from 11 AM-noon; check local listings.

Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa, who plays the roles of, respectively, Calliope and Melpomene, will make an appearance on FOX-TV's "Mike & Juliet Show" Sept. 25. The comedic duo will perform "Evil Woman" on the morning chat show, which airs on Channel 5 at 9 AM ET.

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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