Xanadu 101909

Xanadu Reviews

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall (Costa Mesa, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

88 ratings
3.6 average rating
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Sandi Gateman
22 events
17 reviews
10 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

Being a fan of the 1980 movie, I was very disappointed. Xanadu does not translate well to the stage and a lot was lost in trying to make it a comedy. The jokes weren't funny at all, the stage set was boring and never changed. The music and...continued

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34 reviews
43 stars
attended Dec 17 2009

didnt know what to expect of this play, however i am a big jeff lynne/elo fan so decided to check it out. first off,the Segerstrom Hall is beautiful, this was my 1st time there, i thought the show was very amusing, good acting and vocals, some...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

A sad attempt. I was hopeful that, at best, this would be campy and fun, but it fell short of even that. I would NOT recommend it.

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12 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 20 2009

I would compare the experience to lemon meringue pie: fluffy and tart at the same time, an acquired taste best enjoyed by the Disney Channel set (my 10 year old loved the jokes). If you enjoy self-referential theater humor -- or are an ardent...continued

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14 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

This was a surprise. XANADU is a fun satire on the disco era and metality. It doesn't pretend to be anything but a fun evening in the theatre, and at that it succeeds.

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12 reviews
12 stars
attended Dec 17 2009

The music in this show as you would expect is very good
however the production was cheesy at best! Not only
was the humor stupid even if it was trying to go after
the "so stupid it's funny" kind of humor it didn't
even do that very well I must...continued

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

A fun energetic evening! It brought me back to 1980. Great performances! The seats were nosebleeds but still good enough to enjoy the show and dance and sing to the music.

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 17 2009

I work and play in the Theatre, so dirt cheap Goldstar tix are a no brainer. Unfortunately, this production was not very impressive. Weak staging, bad book (dialogue), bland set, small cast. Chuckled at a few jokes, but almost all were DOA.

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3 reviews
10 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

We thought that the lead actors were very talented, but as a whole, the show does not work in a really large theater like the OC Performing Arts. Probably was better in La Jolla. Sometimes the set worked, such as when the muses were on the wall...continued

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11 reviews
12 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

Get the $10 seats and go for a cheap night out. If you know the music of Olivia Newton-John and LEO, you'll get a laugh out of how they use it to move the plot forward. I only recognized a couple of songs but still thought it was an OK...continued

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

Had to have seen the original movie to really enjoy the stage production. It was very fun and entertaining!

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

The stage musical of Xanadu is a silly, self-aware parody of the movie, pared down to the bare minimum plot to hold the songs together, then expanded with more songs by the Electric Light Orchestra. It revels in its camp and never misses an...continued

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4 reviews
9 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

As a huge fan of the movie, the show didn't quite translate to stage very well. The stage was a bit boring, but it was neat to see some of the audience sitting as part of the scenery. There was some microphone difficulty, but the performers had...continued

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Dec 16 2009

Cute show. I saw it in NY while it was off-Broadway, I thought the leads were better in NY.

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1 review
1 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

The show was fun and had some good moments, but overall I would say it was just OK.

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132 reviews
15 stars
attended Dec 24 2009

This was not very special. The cast was ok.....The show does not translate well to the stage.....at least not with this cast.

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102 reviews
45 stars
attended Dec 20 2009

Not a blockbuster musical, but a lot of fun, with a well rounded talented cast.

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24 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 25 2009

I know as a BIG fan of Olivia Newton-John and the movie I am very biased but I really enjoyed this play. It's definitely not for everyone. But it definitely was for me. Campy, Silly, Good-Natured Fun with great music. The finale with all the...continued

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2 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 15 2009

It was light hearted and fun, can't wait to get the soundtrack.

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