Allison Williams
  • Downer's Grove, IL

Allison Williams Named Part of Blackburn's XANADU the Musical

2012 Mar 19

The Blackburn College Performing Arts Department has announced that Allison Williams, of Downer's Grove, IL is part of the XANADU the Musical production, to be performed March 23rd and 24th at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. The production will also be performed April 13-15 in Bothwell Auditorium on the Blackburn College campus in Carlinville.

Williams plays the role of Urania in the production.

The Broadway hit XANADU follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

This hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, and includes, "Magic", "All Over The World", "Suddenly", "I'm Alive", "Evil Woman", "Have You Never Been Mellow" and "Xanadu", to name a few, and is based on the Universal Pictures' cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

It's hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired, as one of Broadway's master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane, weaves a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep you in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift you out of your seat. You'll want to keep the music in your head, and XANADU in your heart, forever.

Blackburn College Professor of Theatre, Dr. David S. Sollish, will direct; Dr. Elizabeth W. Zobel, chair of the Performing Arts Department, will be the Musical Director, and area resident Amanda Graves will be the Choreographer.

XANADU the Musical is sponsored, in part, by PNC Bank. Tickets for the Springfield performances (7:30 p.m. on March 23; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 24) may be purchased by calling the box office at 217-523-2787 or online at Tickets for the Blackburn performances (7:30 p.m. on April 13 and 14; 2:00 p.m. on April 15) will be available at the door. For more information call (217) 854-3231, ext. 4310.