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Snafu Stalls "Xanadu"

Actor James Carpinello, scheduled to open at the end of the month in the Broadway musical "Xanadu," injured his foot during rehearsal June 12, forcing a delay in opening night.

A new opening date has not yet been set for the show, which is based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John roller-disco movie. Carpinello's understudy, Andre Ward, has taken over the role of Sonny during preview performances, a spokesman for the production says..

In his early 30s, Carpinello made his Broadway debut in the 1999 musical "Saturday Night Fever," playing the character John Travolta played in the movie. The actor has been on "The Closer" and Tori Spelling's "So NoTORIous."

Xanadu has a book by Douglas Carter Beane and features songs by John Farrar and Jeff Lynne, such as "Magic Party" and "I'm Alive," that were in the movie, a cult hit with audiences. Newton-John played the muse Kira who assists struggling artist Sonny Malone.

The musical has been scheduled to open June 26 at the Helen Hayes theater. Previews began May 23.

It also stars Kerry Butler in the Newton-John role, Tony Roberts Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa Curtis Holbrook, Anika Larsen and Kenita Miller.

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