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Xanadu

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Fun summertime fluff, or the end of musical theater as we know it? It all depends on how you view the cinematic source of Xanadu, the stupefying 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle/camp touchstone. The story is barely intelligible — a muse (Kerry Butler) descends from Mount Olympus to inspire a suicidal pavement artist (Cheyenne Jackson) to open a roller disco; the songs, save guilty pleasures like ”Magic” and ”Evil Woman,” consist of enough disco-lite B sides to fill a PBS pledge-week special. Note to anyone eyeing the rights to Can’t Stop the Music: We will hunt you down. C

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