Directed by Justin Tubb-Hearne
Musical Direction by Trenton Dunstan
Choreography by Amy-Rose Swindells
Making his directorial debut, Justin Tubb-Hearne is no stranger to Phoenix, being their costume head for the last few years including nominated for a Gold Coast Palm Award for his inventive designs for Phoenix’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. His vision for Xanadu is of god-like proportions, and can’t wait to open Phoenix’s 25th Season with a bang!
Trenton Dunstan is also no stranger to ‘The Tin Shed’, having played in previous productions including The Little Mermaid, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels & La Cage Aux Folles. After studying at the Queensland Conservatorium for Percussion, Trenton is excited to continue his musical adventure with Xanadu.
Amy-Rose Swindells is no stranger to choreography with over 22 years of dancing/choreography experience. She’s excited to burst back onto the Brisbane Theatre scene with this uptempo show!
WHAT’S XANADU ALL ABOUT?
This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.
Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount 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 – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.
Xanadu is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches while the original legendary, chart-topping tunes lifts the audience of their seats. You’ll want to keep the music in your head and Xanadu in your heart… forever.
Kira: Bonnie Fawcett
Sonny: Anthony Jacobsen
Danny: Ian Moore
Melpomene: Shelley Scott
Calliope: Laura Baker
Erato: Molly Campbell
Euterpe: Bethany Warnes-Jones
Thalia: Michael McNish
Terpsichore: Beau Wharton