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Keith Shimada, Associated Press
Actress Whoopi Goldberg

So how is Whoopi Goldberg spending her six-week summer vacation from "The View"? Growling her way through the Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman," eight times a week in the Broadway musical "Xanadu."

The performer stepped into the production July 29, replacing Jackie Hoffman as a malicious Grecian muse in the campy spoof of the infamous '80s roller-disco movie.

"I just think it's a fun musical," enthused Goldberg, sitting in an overstuffed chair in her "The View" dressing room, the day the television show wrapped for the summer. "'Xanadu' is a fun show for families, and it's a fun show for a date. If you don't know someone really well, it's a great place to come and laugh. I just thought: 'Why not this?"'