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A Place Where Dreams Come True: Xanadu the Musical on Manila



At last, the long been awaited comedy musical is already here. Adapted from a classic movie starring Olivia Newton John as Kira, Michael Beck as Sonny Malone and Gene Kelly as Danny Maguire Xanadu Musical is a reimagination of the original classic movie created in 1980.

After several years of being a cult classic and became well known because of its trademark roller disco format, people demanded for a remake but this time on stage. So Xanadu the Musical opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran for over 500 performances. It also received Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book.

According to Carter Beane rewriting Xanadu is hard and at the same time a good chance to right all the wrongs of the franchise. This time, getting more of his inspiration from Clash of the Titans film, Xanadu the Musical focuses more on Clio and her life in Olympus contrast to the movie which is more focused on Sonny. More characters are added like the Evil sister muses and off course this show is now more of a comedy compared to the almost serious tone of the film.

Noel Trinidad as Danny Maguire, Rachel Alejandro as Kira/Clio and Felix Rivera as Sonny Malone
This coming weekend. Manila is lucky enough to experience the magic and fun of Xanadu as Atlantis production brings us this iconic masterpiece. Helming the Directorial position is Bobby Garcia (Avenue Q, Cinderella) and a stellar cast of stage actors like Rachel Alejandro (Avenue Q, Rent) as Clio/Kiram the Golden boy of Philippine musical theater Felix Rivera (avenue Q, Spelling Bee) as Sonny Malone and both Leo Rialp (Hairspray) and Noel Trinidad as Danny Maguire.

Director Chari Arespacochaga as she returns on stage as an actress as
one of the evil Sister muse together with Yael Pineda

Joining them are a group of talented actors like Bea Garcia, Anthony Ong, Alys Serdenia, Glen Llanes, Robbie Zialcita, Yael Pineda and Director Chari Arespacochaga as she returns on stage as an actress. The show also features Set Design by Lawyn Cruz, Costume Design by Twinkle Zamora, Choreography by Cecile Martinez, Musical Direction by Ceejay Javier, Lighting Design by Jonsy Reyes and Vocal Coaching by ManMan Angsico.


Prepare yourself as the mystical creatures of Olympus comes down to Earth this coming September 3 to 19 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati.  For tickets call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.



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