Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Lucky Duck, presented by Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts. For $18, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $36.50 value, including all fees). Choose from the following dates:
- Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m.
- Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m.<p>
Penned by the creators of Dreamgirls, Lucky Duck updates Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Ugly Duckling with plucky tunes and a family-friendly story that’s half celebration, half satire of American Idol –style show business. Scorned by her barnyard compatriots, duckling Serena flaps her way to the big city to pursue a singing career. Making friends with fashionable goose Galinda and allying herself with a wolf talent agent, she discovers her birthright as a beautiful swan and enters a high-profile singing competition to find fame and a date with the royal Prince Drake.
Orchestrated by a live four-piece ensemble, the show’s songs span R & B, gospel, and classic Broadway sounds, all given exuberantly glitzy treatment by a cast of pro actors and a youth chorus trained in the Playhouse’s conservatory program. The duck-costumed dancers amp up the show’s fuzzy factor while helping the youngsters earn their onstage chops more enjoyably than most apprenticeship programs’ mandatory five years of tree impersonation. Working in the early 20th century with a limited budget, architect Julia Morgan constructed the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts with locally plentiful redwood timber, creating a charming cabinesque façade and interior crisscrossed with rustic wooden beams.
At the Berkeley Playhouse, performances often begin before audiences even make it to their seats. The innovative theater company erects installation pieces in the lobby that encourage playgoers to engage and interact with upcoming performances through movement, writing, and music, deepening their understanding of the worlds they’re about to enter. Once in their seats, they revel in productions featuring multicultural and multigenerational casts, whether they’re watching a performance from the mainstage season or a production from the youth program.
The energetic performers are terrific and the score, especially the “Good Times Are Here at Last” number, is plenty bouncy.Frank Scheck, New York Post, 3/16/12
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