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Greek muse descends from heaven in ‘Xanadu Jr.’

Ryan Pennington and Kelsey Martin are shown in a scene from “Xanadu Jr.” (Courtesy of Frank Frost)

Ryan Pennington and Kelsey Martin are shown in a scene from “Xanadu Jr.” (Courtesy of Frank Frost)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cardboard Playhouse will stage “Xanadu Jr.,” the Tony-nominated roller-skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you.

It rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and has been adapted for the MTI Broadway Junior Collection.

It’s based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.

“Xanadu Jr.” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco.

But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.

“‘Xanadu Jr.’ is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches, while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats,” said Doug Montoya, who is co-directing with Kristin K. Berg.

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