“XANADU THE MUSICAL” – Now at the New Conservatory Theatre Center

New Conservatory Theatre Center presents Xanadu The Musical by Douglas Carter Beane, Jeff Lynne, and John Farrar now through January 15th. Based on the 1980 cult classic film, Xanadu is the story of a beautiful Greek Muse named “Clio” who descends from Mount Olympus to inspire “Sonny”, a struggling artist. It is in this moment that Sonny discovers his ultimate goal in life: to create a space where art, culture, and athleticism can collide; a space where people can be free among music and euphoric art. Like, Roller Disco! But when Clio, disguised as “Kira”, an Australian roller girl, falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and Clio risks eternal banishment to the underworld. This musical spoof of the 1980 film is an odyssey through 80’s nostalgia packed with tongue-in-cheek banter, laughable villains, roller-skating divas, and comical spectacles.

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Jesus Martinez Jr. (Sonny) and Chloe Condon (Kira)
Production photos by Lois Tema Photography

Douglas Carter Beane (Book) – Beanes’ Broadway play The Little Dog Laughed received a Tony nomination for “Best New Play” and took the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award (GLAAD) for “Best Play”. His other works include Music From A Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, and As Bees In Honey Drown for which he won an Outer Critics Circle and John Gassner Award.  He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his play, Advice From A Caterpillar, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, produced by Steven Spielberg. His stage adaptation of the film The Bandwagon is slated to open on Broadway later this season.

Jeff Lynne (Music and Lyrics) formed the Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) in the 1970’s. The group gradually developed from cult favorites into one of the 70s’ leading recording acts, scoring international success with several platinum-selling albums including A New World Record and Out Of The Blue. Lynne received praise for his production work with George Harrison (Cloud Nine), Randy Newman (Land Of Dreams) and Roy Orbison (Mystery Girl). He has contributed to much of Tom Petty’s recent output and worked with Brian Wilson on the ex-Beach Boys’ first long-awaited solo album. In recent years, Lynne has produced the Beatles lost tapes, notably “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”, and co-produced Paul McCartney’s “Flaming Pie” in 1997.

John Farrar (Music and Lyrics) is a music producer, songwriter, music arranger, singer and guitarist best known for his work with Olivia Newton-John with whom he wrote and produced many hit songs including “Physical”. Their biggest success came in 1977 with the film version of the musical Grease. Farrar wrote and submitted two original songs, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “You’re The One That I Want.” The songs were incorporated into the film, both tracks becoming major international hits of 1978.

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Jaimelee Roberts (Calliope), Joe Wicht (Danny), Nikki Arias (Melpomene)

Stephanie Temple (Director and Choreographer) is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. She has worked with New Conservatory Theatre Center, 42nd Street Moon, Sierra Repertory Theatre, and the Pacific Coast Performing Arts. In 2008 Temple won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her choreography in Zanna, Don’t!, and made her New York City directorial debut with Leanne Borghesi’s Divalicious at the Metropolitan Room.

G. Scott Lacy (Musical Director) has worked with New Conservatory Theatre Center on Boys Will Be Boys, Divalicious, Mormon American Princess, and Zanna, Don’t! (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Nomination). Dames At Sea, also featuring Leanne Borghesi, garnered him a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Mr. Lacy has been the musical director for such companies as the La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Musical Theatre Guild of Los Angeles, Malashock Dance Company, San Diego Opera, Diversionary Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, and Contra Costa Civic Theatre.

Xanadu features Nikki Arias (Melpomene), Angel Burgess (Erato), Chloe Condon (Kira), Molly Kruse (Euterpe), Nathan Marken (Thalia), Jesus Martinez Jr (Sonny), Jaimelee Roberts (Calliope), Alex Rodriguez (Terpsicore), and Joe Wicht (Danny). Scenic designs are by Kuo-Hao Lo, costumes by Jeff Hamby, lighting by Christian Mejia, and musical tracks produced by Taylor Peckham.

The production skates until January 15th, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. All performances take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center (Decker Theatre), located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street in San Francisco.
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