3/2: Xanadu opens at Palace Theatre

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Douglas Carter Beane’s book for Broadway’s über-schlocky Xanadu traces its roots to Greek mythology. The story has something to do with Olympian gods and their connection to the world’s first roller-disco, but who cares about that? This send-up of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John movie is all about the music, the hair and the shorts. Elizabeth Stanley stars as Kira, the goddess with the hair, who falls in love with mortal Sonny, who wears the shorts and is played by Max von Essen. The musical is filled with vintage Electric Light Orchestra hits like “I’m Alive,” “Strange Magic” and “Evil Woman.” Xanadu opens at 7:30 p.m., with performances through March 14, at the PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre (1615 Euclid Ave., 216.241.6000). Tickets: $10-$65. — Michael Gill

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