The Broadway production of Xanadu closed September 28, 2008. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Best for offbeat fans of the offbeat, this Main Stem offering is playing one of the smallest houses on the street, filled nightly with eager campers thrilled that this small kitsch-myth show finally made it to Broadway. The 70's score is by ELO, and the roller-skating hoofers and singers make for lots of hairpins all over the Hayes' tiny stage.
...90 minutes of souped-up silliness and broad comedy that one character actually likens to "children's theater for 40-year-old gay people."
"Xanadu" tries to deflect the curse of its dumbness by letting the audience know that it realizes it's dumb – and isn't that fun! Unfortunately, stupid is as stupid does. And consciously being addlebrained isn't much better than achieving that condition by accident.
New York Magazine
...(it) turns snarky, straining again and again for a clever way to undercut something, anything, everything-including itself, whenever a vaguely heartfelt or sincere moment seems about to occur
New York Observer
Xanadu on Broadway is the kind of show that used to thrive off-Broadway a generation ago. I see it as old hat, and unless you've seen the movie, there's a danger you'll find yourself somewhat bewildered, as I was, by the roars of laughter and recognition coming from the cognoscenti in the theater.
New York Post
For a jukebox musical, the music is certainly not awful, simply nostalgic-generic... That, I suppose, is the only goodish news of an absolutely ghastly show.
New York Times
...simultaneously indefensible and irresistible... (an) outlandishly enjoyable stage spoof of the outrageously bad movie from 1980...
...a goofy glitterball of a musical... (with) a wacky script
This is a takeoff that takes its craft seriously. The creators and cast of expertly good sports know precisely what they want to do, and they do it with breezy, self-referential humor and, of course, with roller skates.
The Journal News
...a happy lightweight, in a refreshingly intimate playhouse that defies today's somber bottom line.
...not a bad formula for a 10-minute comedy skit, perhaps. But for a production charging $100 for orchestra seats, it's pretty thin.
It's a big, gooey dessert without any nutritional value, and how well you enjoy it may depend on how much time you like to spend gorging on big, gooey desserts: 10 or 15 minutes is about my limit, and Xanadu runs 90.
October 2, 2008
The company closed the show after we had purchased our tickets. What a surprise to go to the box office Sunday Sept. 28th, to pick-up our tickets for Tues. Sept. 30th, to find out the last show was being performed at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday Sept. 28th. We are still waiting for our refund.
July 21, 2008
This show had it all! A small intimate theater and a show that covers all the bases...dancing, singing, music, and laughter. Great energy and pace.
April 27, 2008
When I first saw the rather small stage which was quite crowded with seats for audience members - I thought there was no room for the action, much less any roller skating! How wrong I was! The presentation was all so slickly arranged, you soon forgot the lack of space and the lucky audience members on stage became an important and very funny part of the show!
This production made me laugh from start to finish. Having seen the original film version with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, I wondered how this could be produced without looking really cheesy, but the idea of fondly sending it up (and camping it up!) really worked. I'd recommend this show to anyone, although maybe not very young children. The music was also excellent, with one or two numbers that weren't in the film version but worked none the less. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening and all 6 members of our party emerged very happy (and still chuckling!) from the charming Helen Hayes Theatre.