Lyric at the Plaza will present Oklahoma premiere of 'Xanadu'

Lyric Theatre invites Oklahoma patrons to relive the music of the 1980s through “Xanadu.”
BY RICK ROGERS rrogers@opubco.com Modified: January 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm •  Published: January 20, 2012
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While cast members are routinely expected to act, sing and occasionally dance, “Xanadu” adds the challenge of roller skating. What's more, the cast has to execute some elaborate skating moves in an area smaller than 1,200 square feet.

“Half of the kids missed the Rollerblade window, so while some are very proficient and able to do tricks, others we've had to schedule skate camps in order for them to start this journey. The big surprise was our lead, Adam (Levinskas), who turned out to be magnificent on skates,” Muraoka said.

Those who may be unfamiliar with the 1980 film are still likely to know much of the music featured in “Xanadu.” The soundtrack produced five Top 20 singles: “Magic,” “All Over the World,” “I'm Alive,” “Suddenly” and the hit title song.

“The intellectual side of you wants you to believe that you're above all this disco music, but once you get into the theater, your toe starts tapping, and you have a much more visceral reaction to it,” Muraoka said.

“But we also play up the reality of the love story, which is something wonderfully touching and heartfelt. That anchors the production. It's not just mirror balls and strobe lights. The music is infectious, and the story is a little campy. It puts a smile on your face for 90 minutes.”



When: Wednesday through Feb. 11 with curtain times at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. One 7:30 p.m. Tuesday performance on Feb. 7.

Where: Lyric at the Plaza, 1725 NW 16.

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