Jackson Skates Back Into Xanadu July 28

News   Jackson Skates Back Into Xanadu July 28
Cheyenne Jackson, who took a brief leave of absence from the new Broadway musical Xanadu to star in Red Eye of Love at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Music Theatre Conference, returns to the Xanadu cast July 28.

Cheyenne Jackson returns to Xanadu.
Cheyenne Jackson returns to Xanadu. Photo by Peter Lueders/Paul Kolnik Studio

Jackson, who stepped into the role of Sonny when James Carpinello was injured during a Xanadu rehearsal, was on break from the musical July 17-27. He returns to the Helen Hayes Theatre for both performances July 28.

In other Xanadu news, Jackson and co-star Kerry Butler's Aug. 1 appearance on "The View" has been postponed until September, according to the show's spokesperson.

Cheyenne Jackson, who was seen in the film "United 93," has appeared on Broadway in All Shook Up, Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He starred in the premiere cast of Altar Boyz, and his regional credits include West Side Story, The Most Happy Fella, Children of Eden, Hair, Carousel, Damn Yankees and Kismet. Jackson is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices and was recently seen Off-Broadway in The Agony and the Agony.

Xanadu co-stars Butler as Kira and 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, 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."

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

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