Where time stops and the magic never ends.For the trope previously called Xanadu, please see here.
— Xanadu tagline
What has Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly
, that guy from The Warriors
, roller skates, lots of glowing blue people, quasi-disco music, and a continuous string of Big Lipped Alligator Moments
The 1980 movie musical Xanadu
is a story about a frustrated artist named Sonny Malone (the guy from The Warriors
) who paints album covers for a living and is unhappy about it. By tossing some of his drawings into the wind, he somehow brings a painting on a wall of nine girls to life
and one of them — Kira — finds and kisses him. Shortly after, he meets Danny McGuire, a former big band leader. The two strike up a friendship and, with encouragement from Kira, make plans to convert an abandoned building (The Pan Pacific Auditorium) into a roller disco. Sonny and Kira meanwhile fall in love, with there being the slight complication that she's actually the Muse of Dance and Choral Singing (yes, really) and was only sent to bring Xanadu into creation. Soon, she will have to return home, just as Xanadu will be opening.
The roller disco (and film's) title comes from the poem "Kublai Khan" and refers to a province where Khan establishes his pleasure garden but completely ignores the irony of naming a movie about a muse with a notoriously unfinished poem.
Widely panned by critics, it found a cult audience. It has now been adapted into a stage musical that doesn't even bother
to hide how camp the whole thing is.
Xanadu contains examples of: