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Xanadu [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Xanadu [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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by Original Broadway Cast
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607085827
catalogNumber:
858
Rank:
15105

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
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
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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Xanadu [Original Broadway Cast Recording] 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story here was sure better then the movie. So you should get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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