“Xanadu” at the Workhouse

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The Workhouse Arts Center, a project of the Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce its upcoming production of the musical Xanadu with book by Douglas Carter Beane, Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and based on the Universal Pictures film, with a Screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel. The production runs on select dates from May 7 to June 11, 2022 (Friday and Saturday nights are at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m.).

This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. 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.

Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (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.

COVID MEASURES: the Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., which operates the Workhouse Arts Center, strongly recommends that all staff, artists, volunteers, students, and patrons wear a mask while inside one of the Workhouse buildings. This policy will remain in effect until rescinded or modified based on new CDC, Virginia State, or Fairfax County guidelines.

The Workhouse Performing Arts production of Xanadu will be helmed by director and choreographer Stefan Sittig and music director Merissa Martignoni Driscoll. Mr. Sittig said: “Xanadu is a wonderful musical, full of campy good fun (and yes, roller skating!) but it also has a deeper message.  The book of the musical, by the award-winning playwright Douglas Carter Beane, has a strong central message:  Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to open up to others and reach out.  While the singing and dancing are great fun, and the show definitely is tongue in cheek and irreverent in its style, there is still a human core to Sonny and Kira.  They are both looking for love in the most heartfelt of ways.   That is their true quest – that is their Xanadu!”

Ms. Martignoni Driscoll said: “The music of XANADU has a little of everything; a little rock, a little pop, even some jazz and disco. Add in some roller skates and what more could you ask for?!”

Workhouse Arts Foundation, Inc., President and CEO Leon Scioscia, said: “We are so pleased, and excited, to be presenting Xanadu as our final performing arts production of this year. Despite all of the COVID issues, facing everyone during this period of time, I am so honored to be working with this group of artists who are bringing this very fun musical to life for our audiences.”

To coincide with the theatrical performance of Xanadu, an exhibition of artwork inspired by the musical will be on view in the Workhouse’s McGuireWoods Gallery, from Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, July 17. The exhibition, Kissed by a Muse, will feature the artwork of Cheryl V. Neway and John Hartt, with a themed reception to occur during the June 11 Second Saturday Art Walk, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery.

Individual theater seat tickets for Xanadu are $20-30. (Prices may rise as sales progress; early advance purchase is highly recommended.) For more information and to purchase tickets, visit workhousearts.org/calendar/xanadu.

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