English born Australian and international star, Olivia Newton-John is coming to Chicagoland for one day. The four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and long-time animal rights activist will perform selected songs from her 14 gold albums on Saturday, November 10 at at the Paramount Theatre on 23 East Galena Boulevard in Aurora. Tickets for the 8:00 pm show range from $50 to $75. To order, call 630-896-6666 or visit ParamountAurora.com.
In preparation of her arrival, the theater is currently running a stage production of Grease (during the late 1970s, Olivia Newton-John helped make the work world-famous when she costarred with John Travolta in the popular film version). Paramount Theatre Director Michael Unger, Music Director Michael Keefe and Choreographer Dana Solimando collaborated on the production—featuring music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey—which runs through October 7.
Olivia Newton-John followed her role in Grease with the 1980 cult musical Xanadu. Currently a live stage adaptation of the film is performing at Drury Lane Theatre on 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook until October 28. Jeff Award nominee Gina Milo and Chris Critelli lead the cast—Stephanie Binetti, Sean Blake, Gary Carlson, Robin Childress, Jake Klinkhammer, Tammy Mader, Christine Sherrill, Nancy Voigts, and Gene Weygandt—in musical numbers directed and choreographed by Jeff Award-winner Rachel Rockwell.
Xanadu performs on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm ($35); Thursdays at 1:30 pm ($35) and 8:00 pm ($40); Fridays at 8:30 pm ($45); Saturdays at 5:00 pm ($45) and 8:30 pm ($46); and Sundays at 2:00 pm. ($45) and 6:00 pm ($40). Lunch and dinner theater packages are available as are special rates for groups, students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 630-530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
Lastly, a Sing-Along Xanadu special event is slated for November 3 at the Music Box Theatre on 3733 North Southport Avenue in Chicago. Hosted by Dick O’Day and the Camp Midnight Players, the midnight screening encourages film-goers to bring their leg-warmers and sense of humor. Tickets are $12. For more information, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.