Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Matthew Management and Hayes Theatre Company
I am pleased to say that the Hayes has continued to deliver high-quality productions of musicals unlikely to be produced by the big management companies. Xanadu is a lovely, camp send-up of the movie and so the leading “lady”, Kira, is an Aussie based on Olivia Newton John.
The show opens as a mural of characters from Greek mythology painted on the wall at Venice Beach come to life. The story is very, very silly — as was the movie — involving attempts to reopen a roller disco venue and the gods not being happy about Klio (Kira) falling in love with a mortal.
The performances (as has become standard at the Hayes) are uniformly great and the costumes, set, lighting and music are top-notch. The songs in this flimsy show are wonderful and yet again Hayes shows us it really is the little theatre that could.