Sunday, August 12, 2012

DOMA Theatre Company Goes Retro With XANADU

Casting Update: Matt O’Neill (pictured right) will star as Sonny Malone and Lovlee Carroll as Clio, along with Taji Coleman (Euterpe), Alan Lee (Terpsicore), Brittany Rodin (Calliope), Bradley Sattler (Thalia), Veronica Scheyving (Melpomeme/Medusa), David Michael Treviño (Danny), and Lindsay Zana (Erato). Additional ensemble members include professional roller skater Ryan Allen Carillo and dancers Allyson Blackstone and Ashley Rogers.

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August 1, 2012:  Fall head over heels in love with a rollicking Broadway parody starring Greek goddesses on roller skates. DOMA Theatre Company goes retro with Xanadu, the musical based on the 1980 cult film. With book by Douglas Carter Beane and music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, the magically winsome, over-the-top Broadway smash hit is set for a limited run, Sept. 7-Oct. 7, at the intimate MET Theatre in Hollywood. Hallie Baran directs, with choreography by Angela Todaro and musical direction by Chris Raymond.

The year is 1980 in Venice, CA and legwarmers and roller skates are, like, totally awesome! In this ingenious send-up of the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film (which in turn was based on Rita Hayworth’s 1947 film, Down to Earth), Greek muse Clio descends from Mt. Olympus to help struggling artist Sonny Malone achieve his dream of opening a roller disco. But there’s trouble in Olympian paradise when, disguised as Australian roller girl Kira, Clio falls in forbidden love with the mortal Sonny and risks eternal banishment to the underworld by her jealous and conniving sisters.

A hilarious, roller-skating musical phenomenon about following your dreams and believing in magic, Xanadu spins to an original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar with classic feel-good songs like “Magic,” “All Over the World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and the title song, “Xanadu.”

Xanadu runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm Sept. 7 - Oct. 7. The MET Theatre is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. Secure, on-site parking is available for $5 at Earl Scheib Paint and Auto Body, 5416 Santa Monica Blvd. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (323) 802-4990 or go to www.DomaTheatre.com.

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