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International superstar Olivia Newton-John celebrates the 40th anniversary of XANADU, the movie musical that spawned mega-hit songs “Xanadu,” “Magic,” and “Suddenly.”
Over the years, Olivia has acknowledged that the experience of shooting the film with the legendary Gene Kelly represents a huge moment in her career despite the problematic screenplay.
Olivia sends her best to co-star Michael Beck, songwriters John Farrar and Jeff Lynne, choreographer Kenny Ortega and the fabulous dancers in the film including Broadway icon Sandahl Bergman (who I adore) and Teri Beckerman.
Check out the first few seconds where the voice shows NO age whatsoever. What a great star, and such great songs.
This year’s “Pines Party” on Fire Island has a XANADU theme, and the pop icon was happy to send her best to the bare shirt boys of summer.
|On the red carpet with Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi & Michael Caprio
Click to enlarge pic – Photo by Bryan Steffy
Spent last night at Share Nightclub attending the premiere party for Olivia Newton-John’s collaboration with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi and dance music producer Dave Aude, a re-imagining of Olivia’s hit song from XANADU “Magic.”
The new song is a dance track with new verses sung by Chloe and Olivia anchoring the famous chorus. And the video features iconic Las Vegas performers and tribute artists in a late night playground filmed at Vegas’ premier gay nightclub, Share Nightclub.
Thirty-five years ago today the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly musical movie XANADU hit the theaters with a mega-smash hit soundtrack.
Over the past 3+ decades Olivia has often acknowledged that, while the movie’s script had some issues, the honor of working with Gene Kelly was easily one of the highlights of an already stellar career.
She’s also quick to note how successful the soundtrack for the film scored on the music charts.
The soundtrack album hit #2 in the UK and #4 in the US. It was certified Double Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK, plus yielded five top 20 singles.
Three big hits for Olivia:
“Magic” – #1 for 4 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart, and #1 for 5 weeks on the Adult Contemporary Billboard Chart
“Xanadu” – hit #8 on the Billboard Pop chart, #2 on Billboard AC chart, and was #1 in the UK
“Suddenly” – reached #20 on Billboard Pop chart and #4 on the Billboard AC chart
And two hits for ELO:
“All Over the World” – Electric Light Orchestra (No. 13 Pop, No. 45 AC)
“I’m Alive” – Electric Light Orchestra (No. 16 Pop, No. 48 AC, certified gold)
The cult following of the film led to the surprise success of a Broadway musical version of the film, and tonight in Las Vegas Olivia will be premiering the music video of a newly re-worked/remixed version of “Magic” with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi and dance music producer Dave Aude.
But for now, can we just sit back and take in the fabulosity that was the finale of the fab cult favorite?
I have to add – if you look closely you’ll see Golden Globe winner and iconic Bob Fosse dancer Sandahl Bergman as one of Olivia’s sister “muses.” I worked with Sandahl for a long time and THAT was one of the great highlights of my dancing career 🙂
Tomorrow is the 35th anniversary (to the day!) of the release of the Olivia Newton-John film XANADU.
In honor of that, Livvy and daughter Chloe Lattanzi have mixed it up in the recording studio with UBER-dance remixer Dave Aude to re-invent Olivia’s #1 hit song “Magic” for today, now titled “You Have To Believe,” as a new dance single.
The music video will have it’s big world premiere at Share Nightclub in Las Vegas tomorrow night, where the video was shot with cameo appearances by several big-time Vegas tribute performers.
ONJ wanted to shoot the video in her temporary “hometown” where she has been selling out during her concert residency at The Flamingo Las Vegas, now in her second year.
The music video is set to be available on iTunes this coming Tuesday.
But for now, we get this sneak peak. I have to say – Olivia looks fantastic. #TrueDiva
From the DVD: “Xanadu (Magical Edition)”
I love finding out how and why things happen behind the scenes. This is part one of the commentary found on the “Xanadu (Magical Edition)” DVD released in 2009. There’s lots more of this on the DVD.
Really interesting facts and stories from lots of folks involved with the movie including Kenny Ortega.
While even Olivia admits that the film didn’t work, there was terrific music in the movie.
AND she always mentions with glee that she got to dance with Gene Kelly.
Olivia Newton-John will be making appearances to celebrate the Australian Opening of “Xanadu the Musical”
In support of the premiere of “XANADU The Musical” in Australia, Olivia will be appearing on the following shows and attending the premiere in Melbourne, Australia at
The Grand Xanadu Marquee, Docklands.
Wednesday, March 2
8:00am – Today Show live cross interview via satellite with hosts Karl Stevanovic & Lisa Wilkins
Wednesday, March 2
Special performance of Xanadu to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
Click this link to see a special message from Olivia about Xanadu in OZ and it’s fundraising for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
Thursday, March 3
Olivia to attend the premiere of XANADU in Melbourne (red carpet and various media)
Friday, March 4
10:00 am Olivia on The Circle TV show
Australia! Get your roller skates on and get down to the show!