While the funny fantasy film "Xanadu" wasn't a commercial success, it's getting a new theatrical take with Laguna Beach's No Square Theatre's adaption opening Saturday.
Known for women in roller skates and an award-winning soundtrack featuring Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra, the 1980 film eventually acquired a cult following and its Broadway adaptation received positive reviews.
Director Joe Lauderdale saw the Broadway show in 2008 and was immediately smitten.
"I knew that I wanted to direct that show," he said.
He was reluctant, he said, because the film wasn't good and turning movies into shows wasn't a new concept.
"I found that it was nowhere near a remake of the 1980 film," he said. "It had its tongue placed firmly in its cheek."
The musical tells the story of a conflicted Venice Beach artist, Sonny, who is visited from Mt. Olympus by the Greek muse Kira, who is there to guide him to open a roller disco. Romance and the other seven muses complicate things, but not without a heavy dose of music and fun.