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Vancouver’s Artsclub theatre company is presenting Xanadu, the hilarious musical based on the 1980′s film starring Olivia Newton John, at its Granville Island Stage location this summer, until the 4th of August 2012.
Living with a Roller Derby girl when I lived in Sydney, Australia, whose derby name is Xanadon’t, I often heard about the inspiration to her name, but knew nothing about Xanadu, save for the fact that it was somehow related to roller skating.
I had the opportunity to visit Granville Island Stage last night to see the show, and was pleasantly surprised. The show is very over the top and flamboyant, full of colour, and bursting with references to the 80′s. Overall, the show is absolutely hilarious and definitely worth checking out. This Artsclub installation showcases some excellent local talent, on both the part of the cast and the three-piece band, as well as beautiful (sometimes laugh-outloud funny) costumes.
The Artsclub is one of Vancouver’s most prominent (non-broadway) theatre companies, bringing dozens of musicals and plays to the city at affordable prices. The stages are usually simple and minimal, yet strong enough to portray the settings they intend to, and the local talent is outstanding.
Xanadu runs this summer from the 21st of June 2012 until the 4th of August 2012. Tickets are available from $29 to $54 depending on seating zone. I highly recommend it!
The Artsclub‘s Granville Island Stage is located at:
103 1496 Cartwright St