Is this show on your Xana-du list?
Xanadu. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres main stage. Dinner and show, $61-$81; show-only tickets available only 10 days prior to reservation. For schedule or reservations, call 952/934-1525 or visit www.chanhassendt.com.
Please, don’t go to Xanadu thinking you will be intellectually challenged. Ain’t. Gonna. Happen.
I kept sensing that a theme about the capacity of artistic expression to address the human condition would emerge. There were occasional hints at this, I think. But each time I anticipated something deep, I was disappointed. Once I let go of catching the “meaning” of the show, I really enjoyed myself.
Think spring break more than vacation to the Smithsonians.
So, if you just want to let go and have some fun, Xanadu might be the musical for you. If you lived through the 1980s, you might be surprised just what memories the tunes and text bring back for you. By show’s end, you’ll be longing for the roller rink.
Predict your future, staring into a disco ball
Like any good theatrical spoof, Xanadu is a zany, over-the-top mystery tour through a land in which we wouldn’t want to live, but would love to visit occasionally. Think spring break more than vacation to the Smithsonians.
Based on the 1970 cult classic starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Chanhassen’s musical offering is staged to let the audience participate in the needling of the original.
The show opens with a trio of Greek goddesses (well, muses actually) debating inspiration, leading to a bet and a visit to Earth to help out a stuggling and distraught young muralist.
Of course, with the muse in pastel colors and leg warmers, love ensues. But can an affair between a goddess and a human last? Even blowing bubbles may not be enough.
If you do attend, be sure and pay the extra $5 for the “X-Box,” a set of props that allow for greater audience participation. Really, can you ever have enough mini-disco ball keychains?
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has an exclusive arrangement to produce the Midwest Premiere of Xanadu, named “Outstanding New Musical” for the 2008 Broadway season by Outer Critics Circle.