A musical, based on the film of the same name by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel
Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
German dialogue by Daniel Call
Sunday, 09.09.2012, 20.00 h
Venice Beach in the mid 1980s: Roller skates and leg warmers abound. The young street artist Sonny chalks a sidewalk mural on the asphalt while secretly dreaming of reviving an old theatre. He wants to convert it into a roller disco, but he doesn’t know how to go about it. Suddenly, his latest work – a depiction of Mount Olympus with all of its gods and muses – begins to come to life. The muse Clio has taken pity on the mortal Sonny and decided to help him. Yet everyone warns her: She may not disclose her true identity to him and under no circumstances is she allowed to fall in love with him, otherwise Zeus will ban her.
She decides to wear a disguise, change her name to Kira and assume a fake accent. She sets up a meeting for Sonny with an old businessman named Danny. He owns the decrepit building and once dreamed of turning it into a theatre himself. There was a time when he had also been inspired by a muse who looked suspiciously similar to Kira. Danny initially rebuffs Sonny’s idea, but then he is seized by a renewed passion for the theatre. After a little scheming on the part of the other muses, something happens that is not supposed to happen: Sonny and Kira fall in love.
The musical ‘Xanadu’ is based on the 1980s cult film of the same name starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck and the musical legend Gene Kelly in his last movie role. The soundtrack, which features music by Olivia Newton-John as well as the legendary Electric Light Orchestra, topped the charts for months upon its release. The songs ‘Magic,’ ‘All Over the World’ and ‘Xanadu’ were and are cult classics. The musical ‘Xanadu’ received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical in 2007, the Drama Desk Award for Best Book and was nominated for Tony Awards in the categories Best Musical and Best Book.
Die Szenen dieses Duos gehören zu den Höhepunkten der Inszenierung: Stimmlich sind beide top, darstellerisch legen sie sogar noch eine Schippe drauf. Felicitas Geipel überzeugt als mondäne Xanthippe mit Wallemähne in Disney-Manier, Charlotte Katzer als plumpe Wuchtbrumme lebt ihren Part mit jeder Faser und fällt selbst bei den Tanzszenen nicht aus der Rolle.
Grandios die temporeichen Ensemble-Choreografien mit flotter Livemusik. Denn es macht richtig Laune, jedem einzelnen der zehn Darsteller nicht nur auf die Füße, sondern vor allem ins Gesicht zu blicken. Fast allen gelingt das Kunststück, die Individualität ihrer noch so kleinen Rolle voll herauszustellen. Augenzwinkernd verträumt, frech, beherzt – Kompliment!
Wiesbadener Kurier/Tagblatt, 16.04.2012