I saw Xanadu at Signature on Sunday. I’ll be doing an official Cabaret Scenes review of the piece, but I have to say that it is an enormously entertaining hour and a half at the theater.
The script is so slight as to almost be self-erasing. But Douglas Carter Beane has imbued the book with a cheeky self-awareness and some genuinely funny moments. And the production is infused with the most exuberant singing and dancing in recent memory.
The cast is all top-notch (special kudos to Sherri Edelen for seeming to be able to do anything in the musical theater). And as much as Peter Marks’s raves about Erin Weaver are well-deserved, he neglected to give a shout-out to her hair, which gives a Helen Hayes-worthy performance of its own.
Erin Weaver (center, as Kira) with her Greek Muses (from left to right) Nickolas Vaughan, Kellee Knighten Hough, Nova Y. Payton, Sherri L. Edelen, Mark Chandler, and Jamie Eacker. The musical comedy “Xanadu” plays at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through July 1, 2012. http://www.signature-theatre.org. Photo: Scott Suchman.