PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Don't Walk Away!" Backstage Glances at Drury Lane's Xanadu With Chris Critelli
By Matthew Blank
Chris Critelli, who stars as handsome Sonny in the Drury Lane Theatre's current production of Xanadu, offers an exclusive backstage look at the disco-era musical playing the Illinois venue through Oct. 28.
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The company is led by Gina Milo as Clio/Kira and Critelli as Sonny. Also featured are Stephanie Binetti as Euterpe, multi-Jeff Award nominee Sean Blake as Terpsicore, Gary Carlson as Thalia, Robin Childress, Jake Klinkhammer, Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader as Erato, multi-Jeff Award nominee Christine Sherrill as Melponeme, multi-Jeff Award winner Nancy Voigts as Calliope and Gene Weygandt as Danny.
The production is directed and choreographed by Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell, who was named Best Director by Chicago Magazine in 2010.
The Best Musical Tony Award nominee has book by Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act, Lysistrata Jones), with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
Xanadu is based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The musical "follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time: a roller disco. When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds."
The Drury Lane Theatre is located at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. For more information and tickets, call (630) 530-0111 or visit DruryLaneOakBrook.com.
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