‘Xanadu’ stage par­ody com­ing to Eas­ton’s State Theatre

The Morning Call - - ENTERTAINM­ENT NEWS - BY JOHN J. MOSER Morn­ing Call Le­high Val­ley Mu­sic re­porter and colum­nist John J. Moser can be reached at 610-820-6722 or [email protected]

A stage send-up of the much­ma­ligned 1980 roller-disco movie “Xanadu” star­ring Olivia New­ton-John and the mu­sic of Elec­tric Light Or­ches­tra is com­ing to Eas­ton’s State Theatre, it was an­nounced Mon­day.

Also com­ing is an EP re­lease show by Le­high Val­ley Chris­tian singer Amanda Danziger, in a spe­cial stage-on-stage pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Xanadu,” which is the na­tional tour­ing pro­duc­tion of the Tony Award-nom­i­nated Broad­way roller-skat­ing hit mu­si­cal, will be per­formed at 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

It stars Jinkx Mon­soon, win­ner of Sea­son 5 of the TV drag-queen re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and sea­son seven fi­nal­ist Gin­ger Minj.

Tick­ets, at $26-$79 and $100 for VIP with pre­mium seat­ing and post-show photo ex­pe­ri­ence with the stars, are on sale at the State Theatre box of­fice at 453 Northamp­ton St., Eas­ton, at 800-999-STATE or 610-2523132.

Danziger’s con­cert, with sup­port­ing act Cory Shelly, will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The show will be pre­sented stage on stage, in which both the per­former and the au­di­ence are seated on the the­ater’s stage for an in­ti­mate per­for­mance.

Tick­ets are $15 ad­vance and $20 at the door.

The film “Xanadu” was nom­i­nated for a Grammy Award for Best Fe­male Pop Vo­cal Per­for­mance for New­ton-John’s song “Magic,” a No. 1 gold hit. The ELO song “All Over the World” hit No. 13.

But it also was nom­i­nated for Golden Rasp­berry Awards for Worst Pic­ture, Worst Ac­tress for New­ton-John, Worst Ac­tor for Michael Beck, Worst Orig­i­nal Song for “Sus­pended in Time” and Worst Screen­play, and won Worst Di­rec­tor for Robert Green­wald.

The par­ody Broad­way play was a sur­prise hit, and was nom­i­nated for sev­eral Tony Awards. It played for nearly a year on Broad­way.

Danziger’s show will mark the of­fi­cial re­lease of her EP, “Head & Heart,” which she says has been in the works for three years. The con­cert is de­scribed in pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial as “a night to wor­ship.”

Shelly is a singer-song­writer from eastern Penn­syl­va­nia. He has re­leased a 2016 al­bum, “Hope for the Bro­ken,” and an EP, “Oh Marie,” in 2017.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Amanda Danziger to per­form an EP-re­lease show at Eas­ton’s State Theatre.

AUSTIN YOUNG/SPE­CIAL TO THE MORN­ING CALL

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” sea­son seven fi­nal­ist, Gin­ger Minj stars in “Xanadu”.

ALEC WHITE/SPE­CIAL TO THE MORN­ING CALL

Jinkx Mon­soon stars in “Xanadu,” com­ing to Eas­ton’s State Theatre.

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