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Slap on your roller skates, pump up the glitter, and get hip to the muses in XANADU, the laugh-out-loud musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film which won the Outer Circle Award for “Best Musical!”
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Musical Direction by Ricky Pope
Directed and Choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan
“YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN MAGIC” BEGINNING WEDNESDAY., AUGUST 3
AT THE LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE IN LAGUNA BEACH!
LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE concludes its historic 100th anniversary season with the dazzling and magical musical, XANADU, book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Paula Hammons Sloan. Comments Executive Producing Director Ellen Richard, “What a euphoric way to close what has been an exceptional 100th anniversary season for the Playhouse. With a hilarious book by Douglas Carter Beane and spectacular musical numbers, our subscribers and audiences will close out the Summer in a wildly entertaining way!” XANADU begins previews on Wednesday, August 3 will open on Sunday, August 7 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, August 21, 2022 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.
Slap on your roller skates, pump up the glitter, and get hip to the muses in XANADU, the laugh-out-loud musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film which won the Outer Circle Award for “Best Musical!” XANADU follows Clio, the lovely and precocious Greek muse who decides to don her roller skates and legwarmers to become Kira in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold, rediscover his own creativity. With both help and hindrance from the other muses -- and from a clarinetist-turned-real estate mogul named Danny Maguire -- Sonny and Clio work to rebuild their “apex of the arts,” a roller disco. XANADU is the rare musical with a big heart, an even bigger funny bone, and a tongue stuck firmly in its cheek. The smash-hit score includes “I’m Alive,” “Magic,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Xanadu.”
ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
PAULA HAMMONS SLOAN (Director/Choreographer) For Laguna Playhouse, she most recently directed and choreographed I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, provided musical staging for The Spitfire Grill and has also directed and choreographed Footloose, All Shook Up, Hairspray and choreographed Ring of Fire and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Ms. Sloan has directed or choreographed numerous National tours including: 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Music Man, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, Little Women, Urban Cowboy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Copacabana, Funny Girl, George M, Titanic, My One and Only, Crazy for You and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Ms. Sloan has mounted several productions at the Tropicana Resort and Casino, Resorts in Atlantic City and El Dorado Casino. She directed and choreographed Miracle on 34th Street (Jersey Shore Entertainment) on the West Coast, at the Tropicana Resort and Casino and on tour. Ms. Sloan has directed and choreographed regionally including Kansas City Starlight (The Producers, Anything Goes), Casa Manana (Oklahoma), West Virginia Public Theatre, Surflight Theatre (On Your Toes, Sisters of Swing, Lady Be Good, Ragtime, Mamma Mia, Holiday Inn, Cabaret, Joseph, Will Rogers, White Christmas, Ebenezer), Gateway Playhouse, Plan B Productions (The Producers, Footloose), Theatre Under the Stars (Houston) (110 in the Shade, Wonderful Life, Disney’s When You Wish), the Houston Symphony, the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and opening ceremonies of the 100th Anniversary Convention of Girl Scouts. She was Resident Choreographer for Galveston Summer Musicals for over 45 productions and her former tap company, Texas Tap Ensemble, toured Nationally and internationally for several years.
RICKY POPE (Musical Director) For Laguna Playhouse he previously served as musical director for Saturday Night Fever, A Chorus Line, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Mamma Mia! and also played Reverend Moore in Footloose. He musical directed Hairspray and Rock Of Ages, Jr. at Surflight Theatre. He was seen on the national tours of Annie, All Shook Up, Titanic and The Music Man (with John Tartaglia) at the Wick Theatre in Florida. Other favorite shows include Newsies, Smokey Joe's Cafe, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, and A Man Of No Importance. He is most proud of appearing in four editions of Broadway Backwards for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The Cast of XANADU features: Kristen Daniels as “Kira/Clio,” Dorian Quinn as “Sonny,” Jonathan Van Dyke as “Danny/Zeus,” Michelle Bendetti as “Calliope/Aphrodite,” Judy
Mina-Ballard as “Melpomene/Medusa,” and will also feature Daniella Castoria, Erika Harper, A.J. Love, Alec Mittenthal, Patrick Murray and Ellery Smith.
The Design Team for XANADU is as follows: Scenic Design is by Chris Strangfeld Lighting Design by Clifford Spulock Sound Design by Ian Scot. The Stage Manager is Lila Mullins. The Production Supervisor is Gail Anderson.
The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
XANADU will preview on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30pm Thursday, August 4 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm Friday, August 5 at 7:30pm & Saturday, August 6 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm will open on Sunday, August 7 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, August 21 at 1:00pm at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.
Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:30pm. There will be added performances on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30pm & Thursday, August 18 at 2:00pm. There will be no performance on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30pm.
Tickets range from $55 - $95 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. Prices subject to change.
The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12p.m. to 4p.m. Sundays open 2 hours prior to show time until 15 minutes after curtain. Open until showtime on all performance days.
COVID PROTOCOLS for the LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE
As of June 6, 2022, the Laguna Playhouse is no longer requiring vaccine or testing to attend performances. This policy is subject to change without notice and may not apply to every performance. Please see the performance listing and ticket buying page for specifics. Please visit https://lagunaplayhouse.com/health-and-safety-policy/ for additional details.
For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
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Presenter / Producer: LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 949-497-2787
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach CA 92651
Performance Dates: 8/13/2022 - 8/21/2022
Previews: Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Friday, August 5 at 7:30pm &
Saturday, August 6 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Opens: Sunday, August 7 at 5:30pm (Press Opening)
Runs: Sunday, August 7 – Sunday, August 21, 2022
Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:30pm.
There will be added performances on Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30pm
& Thursday, August 18 at 2:00pm. There will be no performance on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30pm.
Tickets: $55.00 - $95.00 (Prices subject to change)
For tickets – visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com or call 949-497-2787.
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