Xanadu [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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Turning a notorious film flop into Broadway fun, Xanadu defies the skeptics and reinvents the 1980s Olivia Newton-John movie as a deliciously campy stage show. Roller-skating beauty Kira convinces down-on-his-luck artist Sonny to build Venice Beach's first roller disco. Romance and song ensue, with the revamped film music by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar delivered via a stellar Broadway cast.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Xanadu, the poorly received 1980 movie musical that was a remake of the 1947 movie musical Down to Earth itself part of a long tradition of goddess-meets-modern-mortals stories that includes such Broadway musicals-turned-movies...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Turning a notorious film flop into Broadway fun, Xanadu defies the skeptics and reinvents the 1980s Olivia Newton-John movie as a deliciously campy stage show. Roller-skating beauty Kira convinces down-on-his-luck artist Sonny to build Venice Beach's first roller disco. Romance and song ensue, with the revamped film music by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar delivered via a stellar Broadway cast.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Xanadu, the poorly received 1980 movie musical that was a remake of the 1947 movie musical Down to Earth itself part of a long tradition of goddess-meets-modern-mortals stories that includes such Broadway musicals-turned-movies as I Married an Angel and One Touch of Venus, remains memorable for only one thing: its soundtrack. The album that accompanied the film sold two million copies and spawned five Top 40 hits for hapless star Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra. The songwriting was split between Newton-John's personal composer John Farrar and ELO's Jeff Lynne. Bad as the movie may have been, the music probably was what made it seem a bankable prospect for stage adaptation, especially considering that among the four songs interpolated into the score are three more old ELO and Newton-John hits, "Evil Woman," "Strange Magic," and "Have You Never Been Mellow." The producers of the show seem to have been aiming at the approach that made Mamma Mia! a hit, that sort of guilty pleasure aspect of people's helpless enjoyment of the pop music of their adolescence, mixed with a bit of the send-up quality of, say, The Rocky Horror Show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607085827
  • Catalog Number: 858
  • Sales rank: 105,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Alive (4:03)
  2. 2 Magic (3:03)
  3. 3 Evil Woman (2:40)
  4. 4 Suddenly (3:38)
  5. 5 Whenever You're Away From Me (3:59)
  6. 6 Dancin' (2:28)
  7. 7 Strange Magic (2:01)
  8. 8 All Over the World (3:17)
  9. 9 Don't Walk Away (3:38)
  10. 10 Fool (1:27)
  11. 11 The Fall (2:02)
  12. 12 Suspended in Time (2:56)
  13. 13 Have You Never Been Mellow? (3:24)
  14. 14 Xanadu (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Tony Roberts Vocals
Annie Golden Vocals
André Ward Vocals
Eric Stern Keyboards
Andrew Ward Vocals
Karl Mansfield Keyboards
Mary Testa Vocals
Erik Halvorson Drums
Kerry Butler Vocals
Cheyenne Jackson Vocals
Anika Larsen Vocals
Jackie Hoffman Vocals
Curtis Holbrook Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Composer, Lyricist
John Farrar Composer, Lyricist
Philip Chaffin Executive Producer
Tommy Krasker Executive Producer
Joe Lambert Mastering
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Audio Production
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Eric Stern Arranger, Music Direction
Bart Migal Engineer
Douglas Carter Beane Liner Notes, Book, Synopsis
Clifton Guterman Editorial Coordinator
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I agree with the previous review post. Skip this one. I can't believe that Broadway has come to this not to mention the incredibly shoddy quality of the recording. Cheyenne Jackson comes off the strongest but he is fighting an uphill battle. Here's to looking forward to recordings of the new productions of Gypsy and South Pacific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The story here was sure better then the movie. So you should get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing is putting it mildly!

    Although I do enjoy all of the Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa work (thus two stars instead of one). Otherwise this is just plain bad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have been an avid collector of cast recordings for the past 30 years, including shows I've liked and didn't like and those I did have a chance to see. I did have the opportunity to see Xanadu on stage and it was the longest 90 minutes I've ever had seeing a live performance with the exception of some fun one-liners from the supporting cast. The CD is even worse "is that possible?". In all fairness some kudos must go to the Evil Woman track and some of Mr. Jackson's high notes are thrilling. Ms. Butler is a major weak link sounding breathy and unsure...and yes I get the accent is supposed to be bad...but give me a break. Skip this one.

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