This week's selection was the Robert Greenwald's 1980 musical fantasy Xanadu. This now cult-classic stars Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, and the legendary Gene Kelly. The film is about a Greek muse who comes alive to inspire a young artist and a former big-band orchestra leader. Because of her, they create a new nightclub: Xanadu.
Years ago, I saw the film on the big screen (during its initial release) just weeks before my 10th birthday. To date, it still remains a personal favorite.
Pan-Pacific Auditorium (which serves as the club exterior in the film), was destroyed in a fire.
Last summer, I was very fortunate to see Olivia's wonderful show in Las Vegas. Her performance of the title track to this guilty pleasure of a film was a highlight of the night.
I've also seen the Broadway musical adaptation. While it certainly celebrates the film and is quite a bit of fun, nothing can come close to the real thing.