Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Broadway: Camp Out

Sad news for fanadus everywhere: the Dearie Award winning, Tony Award nominated Xanadu, based on the camp movie classic, will close on Broadway October 12. The good news is that the roller disco musical does begin its national tour November 11 at the La Jolla Playhouse, followed by a six-month Chicago engagement beginning January 16.

That's not the only campy tuner to set a closing date in the Big Apple. Off-Broadway's long-running Forbidden Broadway, which launches its latest incarnation -- Goes to Rehab -- tonight, will come to end January 15 after 27 years (!).

But all is not loss for connoisseurs of musical outrageousness onstage. The Australian hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert has been announced for a London run. The disco-tuned tuner will travel from down under to the West End, with performances beginning March 10. Hopefully, Broadway will be the next stop on the bus's journey.

In the meantime, you can quench your thirst for cheeky show tunes with these two parody videos: the In the Heights guys launch Legally Brown: The Search for the Next Piragua Guy (featuring, among others, Xanadu's sassy Cheyenne Jackson and [title of show]'s hilarious Hunter Bell) and the 2008 election goes on for "One Day More" with Les Mizbarack.

UPDATE: Fanadus, get thee to Broadway by this Sunday -- Xanadu moves up its closing date to September 28.

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