Like the frivolous 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie upon which it's based, "Xanadu" the musical is a smorgasbord of kitsch and high-irony. As such, it's almost tailor-made for a younger crowd.
For Grand Theatre's production, opening May 10, there's true heart behind main character Sonny Malone's ultimate dream of owning a roller disco. There to help and inspire him is Kira, fuzzy warm Australian accent made all more alluring by her leg warmers and roller skates. Only as a daughter of Zeus, she can't fall in love with the mortal she's bound to help. Will she still hook him up with the right real-estate connections, all while resisting affections for Sonny stoked her sisters?
More charm machine than cliff-hanger, "Xanadu" is one chewy nugget after another of '80s pop nostalgia. And how could it not be with its Electric Light Orchestra soundtrack including "Strange Magic" and "Evil Woman"?