The production included a considerable amount of skating for the characters Kira and Sonny, and the set extended over the orchestra pit partly into the audience. [2], According to Beane, in rewriting the script for the musical, he was influenced not only by the 1980 Xanadu film, but also by the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans, prompting him to add the subplot "in which Kira’s jealous sister-muses doom her to fall in love with a mortal, incurring the wrath of their father, Zeus. The album spawned hit singles from both Newton-John ("Magic", a No. “A song I wrote for the movie of the same name, sung brilliantly by Olivia Newton-John,” he wrote in the set's liner notes. A place where nobody dared to go The love that we came to know They call it Xanadu (It takes your breath and it’ll leave you blind) And now, open your eyes and see What we have made is real We are in Xanadu (A dream of it we offer you) A million lights are […] "[17], Hilton Als' review in The New Yorker called Xanadu "probably the most fun you’ll have on Broadway this season, one reason being that everything about it is so resolutely anti-Broadway. Jeff Lynne's ELO Tour 2019 (2019) Jeff Lynne's ELO Tour 2019 was a concert tour by British band Jeff Lynne's ELO. "Xanadu" is the title song from the soundtrack to the 1980 film Xanadu. [9] The Chicago run ended on March 29, 2009, and the production ran in Tokyo for a month. 30 December 1947 – The pinnacle of ELO’s chart success and worldwide popularity was the expansive 1977 double album Out of the Blue, which was largely conceived in a Swiss chalet during a two-week writing marathon. In order to recreate the complex instrumental textures of their … The opening night cast included Jackson as Sonny Malone, Kerry Butler as Kira, Tony Roberts as Danny Maguire, and Jackie Hoffman and Mary Testa as "evil" Muse sisters, part of a new plot twist introduced in the Broadway version. Meanwhile, Sonny and Danny discuss "Kira" and after seeing her in the sky, it all makes sense. Copyright © 2019 Sony Music Entertainment. Since then I have covered popular music for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Newsweek, Billboard, Pitchfork, Time Out New York, Paste, The Quietus, and many other outlets. This means that she really did love Sonny! Edit lyrics. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Pre-pubescent "Cubby" claims to have been behind 63 Tony wins. Newton-John sings the primary vocals, with ELO lead singer and the song's writer Jeff Lynne adding parenthetic vocals in the style of their other songs on the Xanadu soundtrack, along with ELO … Like several other recent Broadway shows, a small cast was used, and the relatively short show (90 minutes) was played without intermission. He had street dancers and things in the film 30-40 years before their time, because that's really become popular the last like 10 years and he had dancers doing those things then.”. CIRCA 1979: Michael Beck, Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John dance in a scene in the Universal ... [+] Studio movie "Xanadu" circa 1979. A typical setlist for the tour: "Standin' in the Rain" "Evil Woman" "All Over the World" "Showdown" "Do Ya" "When I Was a Boy" … We got the gig thanks to Kenny Ortega who was the choreographer for The Tubes and the movie,” Tubes vocalist Fee Waybill told me recently about his experience on the film. The song is performed by English-born Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar Based on the Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel Collaboratively directed and choreographed by Kalani Whitford and Camille Romero Musical direction by Kirsten Otterson. LyricsXanadu Jeff Lynne. Telephone Line (Live At Wembley Stadium) … Meanwhile, Sonny finds a good location for the roller disco, a long-abandoned theater in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles called "Xanadu." The group formed in 1970 as an offshoot of the Move, of which Lynne was also a member. / Would that I were a god, I would smite her / Calliope: Ooo, sister While time may have been somewhat kinder to the film, which turned 40 last Friday, one thing that is not in dispute is its brilliant soundtrack album featuring music by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. When I Was A Boy. Over the decades, however, Xanadu has attained a sort of cult status and even inspired a 2007 Broadway hit musical of the same name. 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Studio movie "Xanadu" circa 1979. No translations available + Add Translation. 1989 Doin’ That Crazy Thing. Cubby makes them sell "Cub-Cakes" to benefit the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS during the one-year anniversary of Xanadu on Broadway,[21] teaches them "the art of the shmooze" and helps them build up their confidence. He suggests that she is a crackpot. It was also nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book. The band’s 1978 world tour featured an elaborate "space ship" set and laser light show. I really enjoy talking to artists and learning about the stories behind their music and craft. [5], Xanadu began previews on Broadway on May 23, 2007, at the Helen Hayes Theatre and opened on July 10, 2007. So "Kira" reveals all to Sonny, including that her name is Clio, but he does not believe her and is upset. This production would have starred former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Ginger Minj and Jinkx Monsoon as Melpomene/Medusa and Calliope/Aphrodite respectively. Quickly inspired ("Magic"), Sonny decides that he can combine all the arts and "something athletic" all into one spectacular entertainment: a roller disco. I was born and raised in New York City, and it's where you may find me checking out a show at any given night. A medley of two opposite musical styles, the first half of the song is arranged as a 1940s’ Andrews Sisters big-band number sung by Newton-John; then it segues into a modern-day New Wave rocker performed by the San Francisco band the Tubes, who also appeared in the film. Sonny finds "Kira" and tells her the good news. The song Xanadu was written by Jeff Lynne and was first released by Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John in 1980. Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Tracklist . The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. Kitty tells Danny that although he had let his greed stop him from pursuing his dream to open the theater 35 years ago, he has a chance to redeem himself now by opening the roller disco with Sonny. Undoubtedly, “Dancin'” is arguably the soundtrack's most unconventional song. [23] Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo helped to create and also appeared in the series. “Xanadu” (Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra), The classic title song performed both by Newton-john and ELO brings the film to a triumphant conclusion and peaked at number 8 on Billboard. “It turned out that he was a lovely man— warm, sweet and very disciplined,” Newton-John later recalled of working with the screen legend. It is featured in the 1980 feature film Xanadu in a sequence with the film's stars Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, and Michael Beck. Xanadu is far sleazier and cheesier than conventional musical theatre, and it points out just how tame most other musicals are."[18]. On May 10, 2008, a video introducing "Tony Campaign Manager Cubby Bernstein" was released on YouTube. Jeff Lynne : biography. We had a great time doing the track. "[3], The score retains the hits from the film and also includes new arrangements by Eric Stern of "I'm Alive," "Magic," "Suddenly," and "Dancin'," as well as integrating two classic Electric Light Orchestra songs, "Strange Magic" and "Evil Woman," plus Farrar's "Have You Never Been Mellow. Sonny brashly declares that he would even fight Zeus for the woman he loves. From Out Of Nowhere. These lyrics are waiting for review. THIS was the biggest surprise coming out of the entire set as he made many indications of ditching the old ELO sound. Magic 3. Featuring Andre Ward, Kenita R. Miller, Anika Larsen & 6 more. The song also appears on the soundtrack album … [7] Cast members Andre Ward and Curtis Holbrook alternated in the role of Sonny until Carpinello's replacement, Cheyenne Jackson, assumed the role on June 21, 2007. Jeff Lynne, Soundtrack: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. “I think the music in Xanadu is fabulous. Released 2008. A Sydney, Australia production commenced performances on May 12, 2016 at the Hayes Theatre. As Sonny leaves, "Kira" arrives, jogging Danny's memories of an old love and dance partner of his, who looked suspiciously like "Kira," named Kitty("Whenever You're Away from Me"). Xanadu (Jan 16, 2009 - May 09, 2010) Music by Jeff Lynne Lyrics by Jeff Lynne MusicalFantasyOriginal. [4], Krakowski and Jackson were cast in their respective leading roles of Clio/Kira and Sonny Malone for the Broadway run, but both eventually dropped out. The title refers to Xanadu, the site of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's summer palace. 117,458. A Chicago run of the production began in January 2009 preceding the U.S. national tour. The Australian production opened on March 1, 2011, in a big top called the Grand Xanadu Marquee in the Melbourne Docklands. “Cliff has been a mentor of mine who had me on his television show in England when I was a young girl. ARTIST. 1 hit in the … Xanadu (Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008) Music by Jeff Lynne; Lyrics by Jeff Lynne; MusicalFantasyOriginal. Xanadu producers never acknowledged that Cubby Bernstein was a publicity stunt, although Douglas Carter Beane stated on May 15 that he believed this year "[Cubby] is going to go with Xanadu". “John is a talented producer. However, the producers convince Cubby to go and see the show, which "bowls him over". Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The production is skimpy on both the casting and design fronts. "[1] He has noted that the stage musical focuses more on the Greek mythology plotlines but has "a lot of [parody] references to the movie. Perhaps the best, if underrated, track on side two of the album, “The Fall” is played in the scene when Sonny 'crashes' through the mural wall and into Kira's world in an attempt to bring her back. The production closed on September 28, 2008, after 49 previews and 513 performances. Suddenly 5. But the evil sisters are not finished. Danny can't resist and tells Sonny that the deal is off. The musical broke the Helen Hayes one-day box office record the day after the reviews came out. I have been writing about popular music ever since I bought my first copy of Rolling Stone magazine about 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Clio realizes that she is falling in love with Sonny and tells him that she must leave ("Don't Walk Away"). Xanadu Jeff Lynne. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Subsequent episodes feature more Tony Award winners like Patti LuPone, Cynthia Nixon, Adriane Lenox, John Lloyd Young and John Gallagher Jr., and follow Cubby while he shows the cast of Xanadu the "Cubby steps to the Tony". The sixth and most popular video is the only one in which Cubby doesn't appear. James Carpinello was cast as Sonny and played the role during May and June previews. Find the 7″ on DISCOGS. From Out Of Nowhere. Xanadu Lyrics: A place where nobody dared to go / The love that we came to know / They call it Xanadu / (It takes your breath) / (It'll leave you blind) / And now, open your eyes and see / What Olivia Newton-John (star of the film) and composer John Farrar attended on opening night and joined the cast on stage during the curtain call. Simultaneously, Sonny meets Danny McGuire, a businessman who was once a musician from the 1940s big band era, and the two join forces in turning an abandoned space into a nightclub called ‘Xanadu.’ Kira and Sonny develop a romance that is threatened when her father Zeus forbids Kira from returning to Earth. 18,214. Again, we stay with Flashback for this track, Jeff Lynne’s re-recording of Xanadu itself! Here you can’t count the disco balls fast enough—not to mention the roller skates, the frosted-pink lips, and the glittering spandex that the director, Christopher Ashley, hurls at you like a PCP flashback. It earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. All Rights Reserved. Album Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Xanadu Lyrics. Clio has the idea to wear roller skates, leg warmers, and sport an Australian accent, and the other muses agree. Jeff Lynne's ELO. In 1980 Jeff Lynne was asked to write for the soundtrack of the musical film Xanadu and provided half of the songs, with the other half written by John Farrar and performed by the film's star Olivia Newton-John. “Xanadu ” is the title song ... Written-By – Jeff Lynne. CREDITS Broadway; Touring; Xanadu (Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008) Music by Jeff Lynne; Lyrics by Jeff Lynne; MusicalFantasyOriginal. 1. Sonny visits hard-hearted Danny in his posh office in downtown Los Angeles and tries to convince him to donate the theater for the roller disco, because it would bring the arts to the Fairfax district and drive up real estate values. Really enjoyed it. [10], The second U.S. Tour of Xanadu was scheduled to begin in September 2019. Even without its association to the movie, the record would have made a fine standalone release for either Newton-John or ELO. The roles of Clio/Kira, Sonny, Danny/Zeus, Calliope/Aphrodite and Melpomene/Medusa were played by Christie Whelan, Sam Ludeman, John McTernan, Susan-Ann Walker, and Cherine Peck, respectively.[15]. The show was presented partially in the round, with some audience members seated on benches on the stage. Album . Songs Written by Jeff Lynne (Music Guide): Beep, Xanadu, Free Fallin', Showdown, Shine a Little Love, I Won't Back Down, Be with You Paperback – Import, 30 August 2011 by Source Wikipedia (Author), LLC Books (Creator), Books Group (Editor) & See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. "Kira" is soon overwhelmed with guilt over her loving feelings and of having created her own art (a hand-drawn picture) alongside Sonny – both violations of Zeus's restrictions on the Muses. Jeff Lynne's ELO - Xanadu (Live at Wembley Stadium - Audio) Featured In. [1] The title refers to Xanadu, the site of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's summer palace. On Mount Olympus, Clio (pronounced "Kleye-o"), the youngest, perkiest Muse, convinces her six sisters (two of whom are men), to travel to Venice Beach (rising out of the sidewalk mural) to inspire Sonny ("I'm Alive"). PS Classics recorded the original cast recording of the musical on October 29, 2007 and released it to stores on January 8, 2008. Xanadu: From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1980 original film cast) ~ Release by John Farrar, Jeff Lynne; Olivia Newton‐John / Electric Light Orchestra (see all versions of this release, 7 available) While certainly not perfect, Xanadu does have a charm of sorts with its saving graces being the wonderful music; Kenny Ortega's striking choreography; the then-innovative special effects; and a delightfully spry performance by Gene Kelly in what would be his last picture. Clio and Sonny go back to L.A. and Xanadu ("Xanadu"). One of the movie's dreamy ballads that highlights the romance between Kira and Sonny, “Suddenly,” a lovely duet between Newton-John and Cliff Richard, reached number 20 on Billboard. It is Jeff Lynne's favourite song of all that he has written. " Set list. Danny tells Sonny not to let go of his muse because of foolish pride as he once did back in the 1940s. Čeprav ni bil Lynne nikoli pretirano navdušen nad živimi nastopi, je dogodek opisal kot »z lahkoto najboljši koncert, na katerem sem sodeloval«. Whoopi Goldberg replaced Hoffman for a six-week run on July 28. All Over the World " is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Musical Direction was by Andrew Bevis and the production was produced by Matthew Henderson (Matthew Management). This gives Clio an epiphany: She, too, is invulnerable, except for her heels, but when the evil sisters had her shot with the arrows of love, she had been wearing the "mighty legwarmers," and so she must have been completely invulnerable. First released on August 8, 1980, Xanadu featured an unconventional, campy story that blended the golden age of 1940s MGM musicals and 1980s New Wave augmented by mythological muses and rollerskating. The production, directed and choreographed by Nathan M. Wright, starred Jaime Hadwen (Clio/Kira), Ainsley Melham (Sonny), Rob Thomas (Danny) with Jayde Westaby, Francine Cain, James Maxfield, Dion Bilios, Kay Hoyos and Catty Hamilton. A Korean production has opened. Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 film of the same name, which was, in turn, inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film Down to Earth. Jeff Lynne's ELO. Lyrics for Xanadu by Jeff Lynne. Jeff Lynne was born on December 30, 1947 in Birmingham, England as Jeffrey Lynne. The Philippine production of Xanadu was mounted by Atlantis Productions, who staged the musical beginning September 3–19, 2010, with Rachel Alejandro and Felix Rivera in the roles of Clio/Kira and Sonny, respectively. Evil Woman 4. The show was staged at the American Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois, for seven weeks in 2016. If you found mistakes, please help us by correcting them. It was covered by The Hiltonaires [DE], Surprise Big Yawn, Popdudes, The London Starlight Orchestra & Singers and other artists. Sonny, realizing that he really loves "Kira," decides to find her - even if it means climbing Mount Olympus. Since then I have covered. Price New from Paperback, Import "Please retry" — — Paperback — 10 Days … Alternative version of the song Xanadu sung by the guy that wrote it. It is the group's second tour in North America since 1981, following their tour from the previous year. Announcements that the film would be adapted as a Broadway show drew skepticism and even derision, even from Carter Beane, who adapted the script. EQUIPMENT USED: Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC) Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30 Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp Tube: … The soundtrack featured songs on side one by the film's star, Olivia Newton-John, written by her long-time producer, John Farrar. Excited, Sonny readily agrees. Although the film was nominated for six Razzies, winning one for worst director, it became a cult classic. It is then that the evil sisters work their curse, and the winged Eros, along with "Mama Cupid", shoots "Kira" and Sonny with the arrows of love ("Strange Magic"). Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Jeff Lynne. It’s used in a scene to contrast Sonny and Danny’ visions of what their nightclub should be. Jeffrey Lynne (born 30 December 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). This production added Olivia Newton John's popular hit "Physical". Ironically, the double platinum-selling record did much better than the movie, peaking at number four on the Billboard album chart; five of its singles also charted on the Billboard top 20. Jeff Lynne: Producer(s) Jeff Lynne: Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology "Xanadu" (1980) "All Over the World" (1980) "Don't Walk Away" (1980) "All Over the World" is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). He is also recognized as a co-founder of the band The Traveling Wilburys. “I'm Alive”: Written by ELO leader Jeff Lynne, this dramatic and exuberant rocker is introduced early in the film when the Muses, including Kira, come alive from their depictions on a street mural. Zeus's rules require that Muses must always be disguised from mortals. It's a delight to see Kelly strut his elegant stuff surrounded by New Wave-looking dancers. 1. [12], The producers of Xanadu licensed the exclusive Korean language rights to the show to Tin Tin Entertainment for two years. The 1980 film on which Xanadu is based barely broke even at the box office and received uniformly unfavorable reviews, but the soundtrack was a commercial hit, as were several of the songs singularly. Clio changes her name to something contemporary: "Kira". The following are the casts of the major productions: Xanadu's opening night reviews from the New York critics were mostly positive. To mark the soundtrack album's 40th anniversary, here is a track-by-track commentary: This sleek-sounding, irresistible pop-rocker became Newton-John’s third solo chart topper on August 2, 1980, preceding her ultimate smash hit “Physical.” In recent years, Newton-John performed the song in her live shows. The two evil sisters are displeased, the lovers are reunited, and Zeus reveals what Xanadu is: "True love and the ability to create and share art." The show also had a successful thirteen week run in 2017–2018 at the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; three weeks were added to the original run because of demand for ticket sales. “I always liked the song, and fancied another go at it.”, I have been writing about popular music ever since I bought my first copy of Rolling Stone magazine about 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Xanadu (Jan 16, 2009 - May 09, … The US Tour officially began on December 15, 2009, in the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Wembley or Bust (Live) Jeff Lynne's ELO. I’m Alive 2. The actor injured his foot rollerskating during a rehearsal on June 12, 2007. Jeff Lynne. [22] Cubby Bernstein has been identified by Variety as child actor Adam Riegler, who appeared in the 2007 revival of I and Albert and as Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family. Top Songs By Jeff Lynne's ELO. Mention the 1980 musical fantasy movie Xanadu,which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, to cinema and pop culture fanatics today, and it generally conjures up this assessment: a critical flop (It was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a., the ‘Razzies,’ which annually honors the not-so-best in film). Side Two: Electric Light Orchestra (songs written and produced by Jeff Lynne) ... but Lynne re-recorded “Xanadu” for the band’s 2000 retrospective boxed set Flashback. Music video by Jeff Lynne performing Credits / Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (Live). “The music is great, I got to say,” Newton-John once told me about the movie's legacy in 2019. Written by: LYNNE JEFF; Last update on: July 21, 2017. Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 film of the same name, which was, in turn, inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film Down to Earth. Danny finds Sonny and tells him that if he can get the disco up and running in one day, he'll give him 25% of the take from the Disco ("Dancin'"). Thetis retells the story of Achilles and his vulnerable heel. So they plot to discredit Clio and cause her banishment by tricking her into breaking one of Zeus's rules: a Muse must not fall in love with a mortal, so they will curse "Kira" and Sonny to fall in love. Kira then declares her love for Sonny and rips off her legwarmers ("I'm Free") and attempts to fly away with Pegasus and Sonny, before Zeus pulls them down with copper chains. You may opt-out by. Jeff Lynne's ELO. The evil sisters have triumphed ("The Fall"), and Kira sets off for Mount Olympus to receive her punishment from Zeus ("Suspended in Time"). 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