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TexARTS' Xanadu
This musical comedy embrace of Eighties pop culture is served up with all the energy, excess, and extravagance the decade deserves
"...value. I'll admit I had my reservations about approaching Xanadu this way. Considering how contemporary stories like Stranger Things..."

March 1, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez


April 18, 2001 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star! You are a muse on eight wheels! You are roller skating!
"...Like so many things, it began with Xanadu. Not the movie, but the soundtrack, which you purchased..."

May 11, 2001 Features Feature by Sarah Hepola

The stage version of the 1980 film is ridiculous – and a ridiculous amount of fun
"...XanaduZach Theatre Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside, 476-0541 Through..."

Aug. 10, 2012 Arts Review by Elizabeth Cobbe

The Sensational Saga of Mr. Sinus
Picking up where Mystery Science Theater 3000 left off, Mr. Sinus Theater 3000 skewers the movies of our childhood to sold-out crowds at the Alamo Drafthouse.
"...the Hill Country Nudists arrived totally naked. Or at Xanadu, when women showed up in roller skates and leg..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Screens Feature by Sarah Hepola

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
"...Jill Blackwood, Xanadu/Ragtime/Goodnight Moon..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Something Old, Something New, Something Eighties, Something P.U.
Scanlines' Summer Rentals, Games, and Favorites
"...San Fernando Valley. Thrashin' more resembles The Warriors meets Xanadu, with plenty of knife fights breaking up the boardwalk..."

May 23, 1997 Screens Feature

Best in Show
The 2012-13 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Dance's The Edge of Peace; Zach Theatre's Ragtime and Xanadu; Palindrome Theatre's All My Sons; the Duplicates' The Poison..."

June 7, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Public Notice
Austin's wheely hot this week and next with these fine skating fundraisers!
"...... to the greatest skate epic of all time: Xanadu. The piece gave us chills, effectively recalling both the..."

June 8, 2001 Column by Kate X Messer

The AggreGAYtor: August 16
Your daily dose of LGBTQ news
"...that the Notes from a Queer Black Feminist, the Xanadu Zombie Show, and Bearadise Garage shows are particularly fierce!..."

Aug. 16, 2012 Qmmunity Post by Brandon Watson

After a Fashion
Star light, star bright: Ross Bennet could be our 'Fashion Star'!
"...Red, Hot & Soul is Zach's upcoming production of Xanadu, featuring fantasy, disco lights, and roller skates (Seventies rollerwear..."

April 13, 2012 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Gay Place
Take your typewriter, pencil, or pen, and if you make a mistake, you gotta do it again!
"...bend with a preview of the upcoming ONJ homage Xanadu: The Musical. There you are! (A shooting star!) Sat.,..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Column by Kate X Messer

Trickery Flickery Mock
Master Pancake makes the movies hurt so good
"...Sinus, about six months into the run, we did Xanadu, and it turned out to be a huge hit...."

May 1, 2009 Screens Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.
"...roller-skating drama the world has ever seen – sorry, Xanadu.) Populated by a smooth, engaging cast of relative unknowns..."

March 31, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Roll Bounce
Hot-wiring a penchant for sports film truisms to some seriously spot-on Seventies nostalgia, this Bow Wow vehicle is an easygoing portrayal of teenage camaraderie and its attendant difficulties.
", and it shows up the likes of pre-Eighties Xanadu and Roller Boogie poseurs with a funky, grooving panache..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ararat Middle East Restaurant
Attitude aside, this contemporary Xanadu is a feast for the imagination
" transform an ugly cinderblock space into a delightful Xanadu offering Turkish-, Armenian-, and Persian-inspired dishes. He draped kilim..."

Oct. 8, 2004 Food Review by Rachel Feit

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
The Fox News Channel's "fair and balanced " reporting is put to the test in this partisan documentary.
"...interesting: He helmed the 1980 Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly musical Xanadu before moving on to the 2000 Abbie Hoffman biopic..."

Sept. 3, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

This film adaptation doesn't so much recall the glory days of movie musicals as give it a new, era-specific reason to wake up and shake its tail feather.
"...the bad to the sweetly strange (the underrated Newsies, Xanadu, and Dancer in the Dark, in that order) but..."

Jan. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Private Dancers
Watching (bad) movies with Mr. Sinus
"..."XANADU." Directed by Robert Greenwald. With Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly,..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Screens Feature by Sarah Hepola

Pueblo Viejo's New Location, Bishop Cidercade's Austin Debut, Pinballz Japanese Whiskey, and More
All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering
"...the day? Seems the venue’s been reincarnated as a xanadu called Bishop Cidercade, an eruption of retro heaven on..."

Sept. 2, 2020 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Zilker Theatre Productions’ The Little Mermaid
Dynamite vocals and grand visuals overcome the musical’s narrative weaknesses to satisfy audiences nostalgic for Disney’s classic
"...I saw earlier this year in TexARTS' production of Xanadu), but this dynamic is only as strong as its..."

Aug. 9, 2019 Arts Review by Trey Gutierrez

Protextor Meets Brother Bear
“Not Tonight” video previews political pop collaboration
" Austin’s Zack Scott, arrives as a mixture of Xanadu and Mad Max...."

Aug. 28, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Café No Sé Opens, Juliet Celebrates
Today's Austin food news
"...Oak Distilling Company ranch is kind of like Camelot, Xanadu, El Dorado, and Shangri-La in one. The compound features..."

Sept. 18, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Music DVDs
"...X-1/" and Frankfurt 2004 for Samuel Taylor Coleridge spin-off "Xanadu." Documentaries, motion picture-quality interstitials, tributes from South Park and..."

Dec. 19, 2014 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

The Good Eye: Settlers of Caftan
"...In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a sparkly roller skate decree.Back to..."

July 24, 2014 Photo Gallery

'The Gospel at Colonus'
After 17 years, Zach Theatre revives this spirited mix of soulful music and Greek tragedy
"...The Book of Grace) for Preacher Oedipus, Michelle Alexander (Xanadu, In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play) as..."

March 28, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012
Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs
"...10) SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE'S COSTUMES FOR 'XANADU' (Zach Theatre) The centaur is what did it...."

Jan. 4, 2013 Arts Feature by Elizabeth Cobbe

Irving Berlin's White Christmas the Musical
Zach Theatre delivers a sentimental stroll through a winter wonderland, with exceptionally strong dancing
"...Redden is almost indistinguishable from his last Zach role, Xanadu's bare-legged bro Sonny. McCall, once again sounding those impressive..."

Dec. 28, 2012 Arts Review by Jillian Owens

Gay Place
We are coming down from Pride and amping back up for ESHHH
"...XANADU HELD OVER And that includes the Saturday night aftershow..."

Sept. 28, 2012 Column by Kate X Messer

Spank Glenn Eaddy one time for us!
"...XANADU HELD OVER And that includes the Saturday night after-show..."

Sept. 7, 2012 Column by Kate X Messer

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