A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “X” is for XANADU


Yes, there was only one “X.”

Xanadu is a musical based on the 1980 film of the same name. According to sources, the 1980 films was inspired by the 1947 Rita Hayworth film Down to Earth, which was a sequel to a 1941 movie titled Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which was an adaptation of the play Heaven Can Wait. (Do you follow?)

The show is set in 1980, in Venice Beach. Sonny Malone, a chalk artist, decides to open a roller disco. A Greek Muse (Clio, who changes her name to Kira), falls in love with Sonny. The musical opened on Broadway in July 2007 and ran for over 500 performances. The production included a considerable amount of roller-skating (there were injuries to cast members).

Here’s a clip from Xanadu:



How did she do that trick moving backward……I didn’t see any push…….I need further investigation!

Well that’s kind of a convoluted history! LOL I’ve never seen the play, but I did LOVE the movie. Of course I would love ANYTHING with Michael Beck in it. Two of my favorites — not especially successful for him — are Megaforce (which my son and I binge-watch now and then :D) and Triumph of a Man Called Horse, the third in the series of “Horse” films with Richard Harris (who was only in THIS one for a few minutes).

Impromptu Promptlings
A to Z Challenge Letter W

Good grief–I forgot this one, too. What great memories.

Well, thank goodness the letter “X” wasn’t left out! As far as letters go, it’s often under-appreciated…

Hi Martha – I too have never seen the movie .. though the song rather too often probably … however Coleridge’s Kubla Khan I think I should read through again … cheers Hilary


As I said to the blogger who chose this for their X movie, while I know the music, I have never seen the movie – or the play – except for some clips.

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