Xanadu | American Theater Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 17 2016
Price: $48-$58
A tribute to American Theater Company’s late artistic director, PJ Papparelli, this energetic revival of the 2007 Broadway musical based on the campy 1980 flop Xanadu (Papparelli’s favorite movie) mines all that’s great about the material—the eccentric story, the silly pop hits, the myriad opportunities for late-disco-era nostalgia—while avoiding most of the pitfalls of the belabored book. Director Lili-Anne Brown packs the production with brilliant quadruple threats (They sing! They dance! They act! They roller boogie!), but Landree Fleming kills and kills as Clio (played by Olivia Newton-John in the movie), a demigoddess come to earth to inspire a dopey Venice Beach artist/hunk (well portrayed by Jim DeSelm). And Arnel Sancianco’s transformation of the American Theater Company space into a roller disco is sheer genius. —Jack Helbig
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