Disco, Glitter and Roller Skates
Few things welcome the beginning of summertime like glitter, roller skates and disco. And who better to dance, sing, glitter and dazzle the stage than Albuquerque's own? In this adaptation of the '80s movie classic Xanadu, Cardboard Playhouse takes the whirling and dizzying story originally portrayed by Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, condenses it and casts local actors ages 13-18 for each role. The original Xanadu follows the life of a struggling freelance artist who, after failing to make enough money to pay bills, returns to his job painting large-scale album covers for record advertisements. Crushed by the possibility of giving up on his dreams, Sonny's life is about to get strangely exciting. As he plugs away at what was once a monotonous job, he's introduced to a group called The Nine Sisters, and what happens next is part Greek goddess, part sci-fi, part musical and all around effeminate glory. Xanadu Jr. is a glittery way to support local children's theater and encourage confidence-building experiences for some of Albuquerque's littlest community members. The play happens at the VSA N4th Theater (4904 Fourth Street NW) from May 29 to June 7. It shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $10. For more info, head to cardboardplayhousetix.org. (Amelia Olson)
Friday May 29, 2015
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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A Greek muse inspires love, laughter and the world's first Roller Disco in this 1980s glitter explosion of a play. Runs through 6/7.