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Musical mythology, on skates, in 'Xanadu'

A scene from the Long Island premiere of

A scene from the Long Island premiere of "Xanadu" at CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale. Credit: Handout


WHAT As a film, "Xanadu" won the Razzie for worst direction. As a Broadway show, it won the Outer Critics Award for best musical. What happened between the 1980 movie and 2007 musical? Writer Douglas Carter Beane took the story based on Greek mythology way over the top. Zeus' daughter, Clio, thinks she's headed for Renaissance Venice, circa 1580. Instead, it's Venice Beach, 1980. Sonny, despondent over his failed artistry, contemplates suicide. Clio, a muse forbidden to fall in love with mortals, intervenes -- inspiring Sonny to open a roller disco. Why? So the director can stage dance numbers on roller skates set to the irreverently revised Electric Light Orchestra score. It's a Long Island premiere.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8, Saturday at 8 p.m. and midnight, Sunday at 2 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., through June 26, CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale

INFO $16-$22, on Wednesday evenings get one ticket at full price and a second for 80 cents (in honor of the '80s),, 631-218-2810

WHAT Two of the original Broadway stars of "Rent," Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, bring their national tour to the Hamptons for a concert featuring songs from that landmark show and others, plus some new numbers.

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Monday, Bay Street Theatre, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor

INFO $45-$125;, 631-725-9500



WHAT "Joe Reboli: A Retrospective" opens at Gallery North with an exhibit of summer scenes from Long Island and Block Island landscapes he loved to paint and his patrons loved to buy. Reboli, a native of Port Jefferson who died in 2004, studied painting at the Paier School of Art in New Haven. His paintings were the subject of 20 solo exhibitions, many of them at Gallery North, about a mile from his studio, as well as five museum shows, including a 1998 retrospective at the Museums at Stony Brook (now the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages). Fellow North Shore painter Christian White, among others, will speak on "Remembering Joe" at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. June 21. The exhibit will be followed July 8-10 by the Gallery North/Joe Reboli Wet Paint Festival.

WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, reception 5-7 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays through July 3 at Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., Setauket

INFO Free;, 631-751-2676



WHAT Southampton Cultural Center wraps up its 2010-11 Rising Stars concert series with the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo. Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are Pianofest of the Hamptons alumni who have burnished a reputation for dazzling virtuosity and a camaraderie with their adoring audiences and with each other. Together they will perform Brahms-Haydn Variations for Two Pianos plus their own arrangement of songs by Schubert, Villa-Lobos, Bizet and Jacques Brel. Graduates of Juilliard, the two released their debut album "Reimagine" in 2008. Anderson played at Pianofest in 2002, Roe in 2004. Since then, they have been featured on such diverse networks as NPR and MTV.

WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton

INFO $15;, 631-287-4377

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