[9] The Chicago run ended on March 29, 2009, and the production ran in Tokyo for a month. I’m Alive 2. 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. Two of Clio's sisters, Melpomene (the oldest sister) and Calliope, are jealous that Clio (although the youngest) is the leader of the Muses and that Zeus had promised "Xanadu" to Clio, although no one knows exactly what that entails ("Evil Woman"). Pre-pubescent "Cubby" claims to have been behind 63 Tony wins. So "Kira" reveals all to Sonny, including that her name is Clio, but he does not believe her and is upset. It is Jeff Lynne's favourite song of all that he has written. " 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. Wembley or Bust (Live) Jeff Lynne's ELO. Studio movie "Xanadu" circa 1979. The musical opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran for over 500 performances. 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. 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." He also doubts that she really loves him, and she is angry and hurt ("Fool"). THIS was the biggest surprise coming out of the entire set as he made many indications of ditching the old ELO sound. 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. 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. [16], Charles Isherwood, in The New York Times, wrote that the show is "simultaneously indefensible and irresistible... there’s so much silly bliss to be had... there is enough first-rate stage talent rolling around in Xanadu to power a season of wholly new, old-school, non-jukebox musicals, if someone would get around to writing a few good ones... the show’s winking attitude toward its own aesthetic abjectness can be summed up thus: If you can’t beat ’em, slap on some roller skates and join ’em." No translations available + Add Translation. Sponsored by Ricky and Hoku Pavao Jones, Eva Tagore, Yvienne Peterson, Barry Kawakami, Jackie Messier, William Lauer, David Belew and Lisa … Magic 3. Alternative version of the song Xanadu sung by the guy that wrote it. Clio realizes that she is falling in love with Sonny and tells him that she must leave ("Don't Walk Away"). The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. 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. “It turned out that he was a lovely man— warm, sweet and very disciplined,” Newton-John later recalled of working with the screen legend. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. Announcements that the film would be adapted as a Broadway show drew skepticism and even derision, even from Carter Beane, who adapted the script. The album spawned hit singles from both Newton-John ("Magic", a No. Jeff Lynne's ELO. The following are the casts of the major productions: Xanadu's opening night reviews from the New York critics were mostly positive. “I have to confess that “Magic” remains one of my all-time favorite songs, and I love how the words apply to my life. 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. 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". In its wildness and ecstasy, Xanadu is a welcome relief from the synthetic creations that some Broadway producers have been peddling for years. Xanadu is far sleazier and cheesier than conventional musical theatre, and it points out just how tame most other musicals are."[18]. Over the decades, however, Xanadu has attained a sort of cult status and even inspired a 2007 Broadway hit musical of the same name. If you found mistakes, please help us by correcting them. Magic 3. 117,458. Pittsburgh is the hometown of Xanadu film star Gene Kelly, and the musical was done in part as homage to the former screen great and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera honorary chairman of the board. It was covered by The Hiltonaires [DE], Surprise Big Yawn, Popdudes, The London Starlight Orchestra & Singers and other artists. 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"). On the second episode, the producers of Xanadu ask Cubby if he would campaign for their show, but Cubby refuses, saying that it is a show for "the gay boys". “Xanadu ” is the title song ... Written-By – Jeff Lynne. Lyrics for Xanadu by Jeff Lynne. Edit lyrics. But Xanadu the album stands out for a number of reasons: 1) it featured all-original music with no previously released filler; 2) the album represented Newton-John and ELO at the peak of their popularity; and 3) its encompassed a wide range of musical styles, including rock, pop, New Wave, and even big band. “I think “Suddenly” is my favorite duet that I sing,” Newton-John said in the liner notes to her 2001 complication record Magic. From Out Of Nowhere. NOTES: From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “XANADU ” Recorded in Europe. Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra Lyric sheet from USA Xanadu album Electric Light Orchestra-Keyboard -1 A place, … 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. It features Tony winner Nathan Lane and most of the Xanadu male cast. Xanadu Jeff Lynne. Jane cited her TV shooting schedule on the NBC show 30 Rock, while Jackson cited post-production commitments for his film Hysteria. “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. 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Released 2008. 1. Čeprav ni bil Lynne nikoli pretirano navdušen nad živimi nastopi, je dogodek opisal kot »z lahkoto najboljši koncert, na katerem sem sodeloval«. Jeff Lynne was born on December 30, 1947 in Birmingham, England as Jeffrey Lynne. 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 song I wrote for the movie of the same name, sung brilliantly by Olivia Newton-John,” he wrote in the set's liner notes. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Back on Mount Olympus, Zeus's wives ask him to take pity on Clio ("Have You Never Been Mellow"). "[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. [5], Xanadu began previews on Broadway on May 23, 2007, at the Helen Hayes Theatre and opened on July 10, 2007. 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. The production is skimpy on both the casting and design fronts. Danny tells Sonny not to let go of his muse because of foolish pride as he once did back in the 1940s. Sonny finds "Kira" and tells her the good news. Top Songs By Jeff Lynne's ELO. “Cliff has been a mentor of mine who had me on his television show in England when I was a young girl. 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. 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. 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. "[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. 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. The video features past Tony Award winners like Duncan Sheik, Julie White, Beth Leavel, John Cullum, Martin Richards and Carole Shelley. Elizabeth Stanley played Kira, and Max von Essen portrayed Sonny in the La Jolla, Chicago, and Tokyo runs of the production. All Over the World " is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The production was directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, with sets by David Gallo, lighting by Howell Binkley, costumes by David Zinn, sound by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Cassella and projections by Zachary Borovay. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. He's a wonderful performer and singer and I was so lucky that he agreed to sing this with me.”. PS Classics recorded the original cast recording of the musical on October 29, 2007 and released it to stores on January 8, 2008. Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 2008 Armchair Theatre. The US Tour officially began on December 15, 2009, in the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The show was presented partially in the round, with some audience members seated on benches on the stage. Written by: LYNNE JEFF; Last update on: July 21, 2017. The show was staged at the American Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois, for seven weeks in 2016. When I Was A Boy. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Although Isherwood praised most of the cast, he noted that the musical "does have a few dead spots in its brisk 90-minute running time.... Mr. Beane’s inspiration seems to have failed him when it came to minting fresh fun from the subplot involving flashbacks to Danny’s 1940s romance. “Whenever You're Away From Me” (with Gene Kelly), This duet by Newton-John and Kelly is a throwback to a classic song from the big band era; the chemistry between the two performers was unmistakable both in this song and the overall film. Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Tracklist . Price New from Paperback, Import "Please retry" — — Paperback — 10 Days … [12], The producers of Xanadu licensed the exclusive Korean language rights to the show to Tin Tin Entertainment for two years. It is the group's second tour in North America since 1981, following their tour from the previous year. The band’s 1978 world tour featured an elaborate "space ship" set and laser light show. Additionally, Jeff has two … 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'"). I really enjoy talking to artists and learning about the stories behind their music and craft. 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 But Danny scoffs, even though he had plans to open the theater himself, once upon a time. A production in Seoul opened in 2008. [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. 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). 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". Jeff Lynne. 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). [13] It starred Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin, rotating in the role of Sunny and played from on 9 September to 23 November 2008 at Doosan Art Center.[14]. Dhani Harrison was the opening act for the tour. Like several other recent Broadway shows, a small cast was used, and the relatively short show (90 minutes) was played without intermission. I’m Alive 2. "Xanadu" is the title song from the soundtrack to the 1980 film Xanadu. 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. Really enjoyed it. 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]. Suddenly 5. 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. Although the film was nominated for six Razzies, winning one for worst director, it became a cult classic. With the help of some of the muses, "Kira" and Sonny fix up the old theater ("All Over the World"), and Danny agrees to go ahead with the opening. The movie performed poorly at the box office, but the soundtrack did exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. 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. [1] The title refers to Xanadu, the site of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's summer palace. Album Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Xanadu Lyrics. [11] On September 20, 2019, it was announced that the tour has been canceled because of "soft ticket sales in certain markets". Excited, Sonny readily agrees. 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. All Rights Reserved. Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne was born on the 30th December 1947, in Birmingham, England, and is a musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, probably best known for being the singer and guitarist of the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The musical broke the Helen Hayes one-day box office record the day after the reviews came out. Yet despite that commercial success, it has not been mentioned in same league as other blockbuster soundtrack records as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Purple Rain, Dirty Dancing and The Bodyguard. [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. Musical Direction was by Andrew Bevis and the production was produced by Matthew Henderson (Matthew Management). Xanadu (Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008) Music by Jeff Lynne; Lyrics by Jeff Lynne; MusicalFantasyOriginal. Album . Set list. These lyrics are waiting for review. The title refers to Xanadu, the site of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's summer palace. 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. 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. Undoubtedly, “Dancin'” is arguably the soundtrack's most unconventional song. All the demi-gods and demi-goddesses are so afflicted. [23] Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo helped to create and also appeared in the series. She is not impressed with the deal that he has cut. This means that she really did love Sonny! On May 10, 2008, a video introducing "Tony Campaign Manager Cubby Bernstein" was released on YouTube. Clio and Sonny go back to L.A. and Xanadu ("Xanadu"). Eventually love triumphs during the nightclub's grand opening amid some singing, dancing and rollerskating. It's a delight to see Kelly strut his elegant stuff surrounded by New Wave-looking dancers. [10], The second U.S. Tour of Xanadu was scheduled to begin in September 2019. Find the 7″ on DISCOGS. One of ELO's outstanding ballads alongside “Telephone Line” “Midnight Blue” and “One Summer Dream,” this track is memorably associated with the film's brief animated sequence that was overseen by former Disney animator Don Bluth. Evil Woman Lyrics: Melpomene: Apparently, there is no success nor joy for you nor I / And now, Clio is to be granted Xanadu! Another ballad by Newton-John, the melancholic county-pop “Suspended” in Time is featured in the scene in which Sonny is banished by Zeus from bringing Kira back to Earth. 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 […] Evil Woman 4. Again, we stay with Flashback for this track, Jeff Lynne’s re-recording of Xanadu itself! Xanadu (Jan 16, 2009 - May 09, 2010) Music by Jeff Lynne Lyrics by Jeff Lynne MusicalFantasyOriginal. 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. Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Jeff Lynne. 1990 A Message from the Country – The Jeff Lynne Years 1968/1973. The title track which closed side two featured Newton-John as lead vocalist. “I think the music in Xanadu is fabulous. Jeff Lynne's ELO Tour 2019 (2019) Jeff Lynne's ELO Tour 2019 was a concert tour by British band Jeff Lynne's ELO. We had a great time doing the track. The evil sisters have triumphed ("The Fall"), and Kira sets off for Mount Olympus to receive her punishment from Zeus ("Suspended in Time"). 14. septembra 2014 so Lynne in njegova spremljevalna zasedba, pod imenom Jeff Lynne's ELO, prvič po 25 letih odigrali javni koncert na Radio 2 festivalu v Hyde Parku v Londonu. Xanadu (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Jeff Lynne. A Korean production has opened. 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. 1. 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.”. [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. 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. “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. 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. The song is performed by English-born Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). From Out Of Nowhere. Jeff Lynne, Soundtrack: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The Australian production opened on March 1, 2011, in a big top called the Grand Xanadu Marquee in the Melbourne Docklands. From Out of Nowhere Has Landed Listen Now. 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. 1. Readings of the stage version had previously been held on April 21 and August 3, 2006, at New World Stages in Manhattan. Telephone Line (Live At Wembley Stadium) … The new U.S. national tour opened on December 15, 2009, in Costa Mesa, California, with Stanley and Von Essen. James Carpinello was cast as Sonny and played the role during May and June previews. The song continued ELO's hit streak on the U.S. pop chart when it reached #13; the exuberant, feel-good track is included in the sequence when Danny shops for new threads at a chic clothing store. Xanadu (Jan 16, 2009 - May 09, … [19] Additional videos were released every few days. Sonny brashly declares that he would even fight Zeus for the woman he loves. LyricsXanadu Jeff Lynne. But the evil sisters are not finished. [8], The tour opened at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, on November 11, 2008, and played until December 31, 2008. "Kira" comes back to tell Sonny that she loves him, but the evil sisters tell her that she has broken Zeus's rules, and that she must tell Sonny the truth. Jeff Lynne's ELO - Xanadu (Live at Wembley Stadium - Audio) Featured In. [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. Jeff Lynne's ELO. CREDITS Broadway; Touring; Xanadu (Jul 10, 2007 - Sep 28, 2008) Music by Jeff Lynne; Lyrics by Jeff Lynne; MusicalFantasyOriginal. 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"). He suggests that she is a crackpot. 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 … Zeus's rules require that Muses must always be disguised from mortals. Zeus, impressed with his pluck, decides to pardon Clio. 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) Danny can't resist and tells Sonny that the deal is off. 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. Whoopi Goldberg replaced Hoffman for a six-week run on July 28. It is 1980, and chalk artist Sonny Malone is dissatisfied with his sidewalk mural of the Greek Muses (daughters of Zeus) and determines to kill himself. The song Xanadu was written by Jeff Lynne and was first released by Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton-John in 1980. Quickly inspired ("Magic"), Sonny decides that he can combine all the arts and "something athletic" all into one spectacular entertainment: a roller disco. 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. A London production opened at the Southwark Playhouse Theatre in October 2015 produced by David Ian Ltd. 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. 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. A Chicago run of the production began in January 2009 preceding the U.S. national tour. Even without its association to the movie, the record would have made a fine standalone release for either Newton-John or ELO. CIRCA 1979: Michael Beck, Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John dance in a scene in the Universal ... [+] Studio movie "Xanadu" circa 1979. “I'm Alive” became another hit for ELO when it peaked at 16 on Billboard. Music video by Jeff Lynne performing Credits / Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (Live). "[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. Now they offer Danny piles of money if he will tear down the theater and build condos. Jeff Lynne's ELO. 1989 Doin’ That Crazy Thing. Sonny, realizing that he really loves "Kira," decides to find her - even if it means climbing Mount Olympus. 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. The actor injured his foot rollerskating during a rehearsal on June 12, 2007. Evil Woman 4. 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. 18,214. 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. 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). TRACK. It earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. However, the producers convince Cubby to go and see the show, which "bowls him over". A Sydney, Australia production commenced performances on May 12, 2016 at the Hayes Theatre. Thank you, John Farrar,” the singer wrote in her 2018 memoir Don’t Stop Believin’. “The music is great, I got to say,” Newton-John once told me about the movie's legacy in 2019. Copyright © 2019 Sony Music Entertainment. 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