The folks behind the musical magic that is Xanadu will be giving the audience an added experience on October 9, when Broadway and television star Eddie Mekka debut’s TheatreZone’s TalkBack series following the show. Mekka, better-known Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa from the classic television program Laverne & Shirley, has been filling the role of Danny McGuire in TheatreZone’s season opener, Xanadu, a co-production with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music & the Arts. As a musician turned real estate mogul, Danny helps Sonny open a roller disco at the request of an Olympian goddess, the Muse Clio. Following the show on October 9, at roughly 9:45 p.m., Mekka, alongside the Xanadu cast and artistic team, will host a 60-minute Q&A session with the audience at FGCU’s TheatreLab.
“If you enjoy theatre trivia and anecdotes, and want to hear actors’ motivation for their characters, then you don’t want to miss this a one-of-a-kind evening of great fun, insider jokes and more,” says Mark Danni, TheatreZone’s Artistic Director. “Attendees may ask questions about the show or the artistic process and gain more of an insight into a play’s ideas, themes, and performances.”
- TheatreZone TalkBack is free and open to the public, and will follow Friday’s staged performance of Xanadu (tickets to the musical are not necessary). Reservations are appreciated; call 888-966-3352 to reserve a seat. Tickets to the show start at $40. For more information and showtimes, visit theatrezone-florida.com.