You have to believe... it was meant to be. Despite
Veronica Mars herself,
Kristen Bell, might front a Broadway musical based on the infamous film
Xanadu, the Olivia Newton-John role has instead gone to
Kerry Butler, who last graced the Great White Way as
Little Shop of Horrors' Audrey and recently lathered up
One Life to Live. Though Jane Krakowski sold investors on her rollerskating reading in the workshop, yet ultimately had to defer to her
30 Rock obligation, lead producer Robert Ahrens says in a statement that Butler, who created the role of Kira in the first
Xanadu reading, "was our first choice, and we are thrilled that her schedule has now opened up to join our production."
Xanadu will no longer open in time to be eligible for for the 2007 Tony Awards, but instead will start previews on May 23, then officially open June 26.