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Xanadu to Close in Chicago on March 29

Elizabeth Stanley and Max von Essen
in Xanadu
(© Carol Rosegg)
The Chicago production of the musical Xanadu has announced an early closing date of March 29. Chicago was the second stop in the show's national tour, which kicked off at La Jolla Playhouse in November before arriving at the Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place on January 16. It was expected to run for at least six months.

Based on the 1980 movie of the same title, the musical is directed by Christopher Ashley, has a book by Douglas Carter Bean, and the score, by John Farrar and Jeff Lynne, includes the pop hits "Magic," "Xanadu," "Party All Over the World," and "I'm Alive."

Xanadu stars Elizabeth Stanley as Kira, Max von Essen as Sonny, Joanna Glushak as Melpomene, Sharon Wilkins as Calliope, and Larry Marshall as Danny. The ensemble includes Tallia Brinson, Amy Goldberger, Vince Rodriguez III, Jason Michael Snow, Kristofer Stock, JB Wing, Julius Thomas III, and Tiffany Topol.

The musical features choreography by Dan Knechtges, scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella, projection design by Zachary Borovay, wig and hair design by Charles G. LaPointe, and musical direction by Eric Stern.

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