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Who says there’s no entertainment in Snohomish County? I just caught the latest offering from Village Theatre, the hilarious musical-on-wheels, XANADU. Through November 17, the Everett Performing Arts Center presents the “totally awesome power of love…and leg warmers.”

Real-life husband and wife Jessica Skerritt (Kira/Clio) and Dane Stokinger (Sonny Malone) perform together in the spirited tongue-in-cheek musical comedy based on the 1980 film of the same name. The musical score includes the early-1980s standards, “I’m Alive,” “Suddenly” and “Magic” originated by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The original 1980 film version starring Hollywood heavyweights Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly largely fizzled, while the 2007 Broadway musical version ran on Broadway for more than 500 performances. The musical was nominated for multiple Tony awards and received both an Outer Critics Circle Award as well as a Drama Desk award.

Skerritt and Stokinger are sublime in their lead roles, and the featured actors are equally gifted. Jeff Steitzer is Danny, Christine Riippi is Kira’s younger sister Calliope and Lisa Estridge returns to Seattle from Chicago to play the role of Kira’s older sister Melpomene. XANADU ensemble cast members include Michael Feldman, Jessica Low, Taylor Niemeyer and Richard Peacock. Stacie Pinkney Calkins is the understudy for Melpomene and Calliope. Ensemble swings are Noah Duffy and Leah Wickstrom.

For those with the misfortune live in the 206, the trip to Everett is worth it in order to catch this delight. Or, consider escaping the Northwest: the production will play in Tucson and Phoenix following the Everett run.

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