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Friday, November 23, 2007

Xanadu Sing-Along in Chicago


Are We A Muse?
Camp Midnight Movie SeriesDebuts with
Sing-Along Xanadu

Dick O'Day
Hell and a Handbag Productions
are teaming up with the legendary
Music Box Theatre
to present
The first in a late night film series of rancid
cinematic must sees we're calling

A place, where nobody dared to go! Until NOW!

The Music Box teams up with Dick O'Day and Hell in a Handbag Productions to present a seasonal series focusing on the best (and worst) in camp movies – Camp Midnight. A Chicago first – Sing-Along Xanadu is the first film on the bill. For one night only, Saturday, December 1st, the classic musical roller disco film will be experienced the only way a classic musical roller disco film should be presented: in a theater filled with leg-warmers, drag queens and screaming Xanadu fans of all shapes and sizes belting out the film’s well known songs (“Magic,” “I’m Alive,” "Suddenly," “Xanadu,” etc.). Sing-Along Xanadu promises a tacky, hilarious extravaganza filled with roller skating, neon, spandex, and lots and lots of glitter – all with the lyrics emblazoned on the screen so shrill muses can sing loud enough for Zeus himself to hear.

Xanadu-ettes will also get to play games, interact with real life Muses that somehow got left on the cutting room floor, and vie for heavenly swag courtesy of Xanadu on Broadway – including a pair of free tickets to an upcoming performance. Tickets are $12 per person and may be ordered in advance at www.ticketweb.com. The fun begins at Midnight with hi-jinks throughout the movie.

Sing-a-long Xanadu is being hosted by the camptacular emcee Dick O'Day (Emmy award winning “Wild Chicago” correspondent) who is the rumored 3rd cousin, once removed, of Zeus, with entertainment coordinated by playwright and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions, David Cerda who the Chicago Tribune has dubbed the “Charles Ludlam of the Midwest.” Rolling along side Cerda will be several comedic actors from Hell in a Handbag Productions, the company that the Chicago Reader says, “Represents the gold standard in camp in Chicago.”

The glitzy, over the top Xanadu, one of the worst, most beloved movies of all time (“mushy and limp” Roger Ebert declared in his 1980 review) stars Olivia Newton-John as a heavenly muse sent to earth to inspire a dissatisfied commercial artist (The Warriors Michael Beck) to follow his dream of opening a huge disco roller rink (in partnership with a clarinet playing Gene Kelly) – all while never removing her leg warmers. Like the meandering plot, Xanadu’s songs combine any number of musical genres – disco, rock, new wave, and big band – many of them by Electric Light Orchestra. The result is a spectacular, delightful mess along the lines of another spectacular mess, The Wiz.

Join Dick, your camptacular host for a one of a kind event when he joins forces with David Cerda and the Hell and a Handbag Players for a memorable screening of one of the WORST, most FABU-LUSH CINEMATIC PIECES OF MUSICAL GARBAGE you've ever tried to resist!

Saturday, December 1st
Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Chicago
$12 bucks