According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, Xanadu is an idyllic, exotic or luxurious place. How that translates into a roller disco is a question best answered by early-1980s pop stars and Tacoma Musical Playhouse. The musical Xanadu, on stage at TMP through Feb. 12, is based on the Universal Pictures film of the same name starring Olivia Newton John.
Part parody, part musical, Xanadu tells the story of 1980s chalk artist Sonny Malone and his involvement with the Greek Muses. Sonny is unhappy with his art and determined to commit suicide when he's visited by the Muses who travel to Venice Beach, Calif. to inspire him. Because of Zeus' rules, Clio (Leah Wickstrom in TMP's production) must disguise herself; she does so by wearing roller skates and leg warmers, sporting an Australian accent and calling herself Kira.
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through Feb. 12, Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m., $20-$27,
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma