Theatre Palisades Youth’s Xanadu Jr. Opens Friday

The Theatre Palisades Youth will present the pop-rock musical comedy Xanadu Jr., written by Douglas Carter Beane, starting this weekend at Pierson Playhouse on Temescal Canyon Road.

The student version of this show is based on the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, which emulated the 1980 Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus and Marc Rubel, who were inspired by the 1947 film Down to Earth.

Theatre Palisades Youth will take you back to 1980. Photo: Lara Schrader
Theatre Palisades Youth will take you back to 1980.
Photo: Lara Schrader

Set in Venice Beach in 1980, the play features the magical Greek muse Kira descending from Mt. Olympus to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny.

Sonny hopes to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time, the first roller disco. Problems arise when Kira falls in love with the mortal, and her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.

Directed by Lara Ganz, this musical comedy features an original hit score by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, including songs like “Magic,” “All Over The World,” “Suddenly,” “I’m Alive,” “Evil Woman,” “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “Xanadu.”

Cast members include Alexandra and Gabriella Abraham, Lauren Bernstein, Eliza Byrnes, Kerry Cooper, Rex Crabtree, Bella Dixon, Barrett Eastman, Callum and Mir-

eille Ganz, Rachel Grossman, Safiye Gurdil, Sophie Herron, Katie and Nick Jeffers, Evangeline Lindes, Emma Lindgren, Madeline Milam, Lexie Palmer, Cleo Schwartz,

Gwyneth Seelinger and Riley Stoler. Show times are Fridays, July 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, July 23 and 30 at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, July 24 and 31 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and should be purchased early, because the shows generally sell out. Call (310) 454-1970 or visit for more information.

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