Maui Arts & Entertainment

“Xanadu!” to Make Maui Premiere

February 19, 2020, 9:58 AM HST
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Photo courtesy: Maui OnStage.

Tony Award-nominated, roller skating musical adventure “Xanadu!” is slated to make its Maui premiere.

“Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira (Lia De Souza), who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny (Brock Ambrose), to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco, because hey, it’s 1980! But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.

Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, “Xanadu” is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired. Maui OnStage presents “Xanadu” book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel. Collaboratively directed and choreographed by Kalani Whitford and Camille Romero, under the musical direction of Kirsten Otterson.

Organizers say the show rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar of Electric Light Orchestra fame.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 28 through March 15 at the Historic ʻĪao Theater. Tickets range from $20 to $40.

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For tickets, call 242-6969 or click here.

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