Musical theater combines two of the most fun activities in the world: singing and lying. Make believe with this GrouponLive deal.
- $12 for one ticket to see Jayneoni Moore's Ballet presents Annie (up to $25 value)
- When: Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
- Where: El Portal Theatre
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Annie is a decidedly old-fashioned piece of entertainment: based on a Depression-era comic strip by a deeply conservative cartoonist, it debuted on Broadway back in 1977. The protagonist is utterly innocent, the villains gleefully melodramatic, and the mood unabashedly optimistic. But the mop-topped eternal little girl and her canine pal, Sandy, show no signs of aging, much less stopping (although the strip itself ended in 2010). After an initial Broadway run of almost six years, the musical launched countless tours, international productions, and a beloved film starring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Modern audiences remain enraptured by the heartwarming tale of the spirited girl determined to find familial love in the face of a devious orphanage matron and her scheming cohorts. Even the musical's songs stay deeply interwoven into contemporary culture, including instantly recognizable hits such as “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” and “It's the Hard-Knock Life,” the last of which was sampled by rapper Jay-Z to bolster his street cred by pretending he controlled a pack of orphans.
Coming off the success of her holiday Nutcracker adaptation, fashion personality Jayneoni Moore's production of Annie gives her youthful performers the chance to shine. Mingling the show's musical numbers with ballet choreography, the production splices together two theatrical styles into one family-friendly extravaganza.