Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life on stage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Berkeley Playhouse’s production of Guys and Dolls at the Julia Morgan Theatre. For $69, you get two VIP tickets for seating in the first 10 rows, including a concession coupon for one item and a free gift (up to a $124 value, including all fees). Choose from the following Thursday dates:
- March 28
- April 4
- April 11
- April 18
All performances begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Based on the humorous Broadway tales of author Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls unspools the yarn of Nathan Detroit, the organizer of New York’s oldest floating craps game, to the tune of timeless songs such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Romance abounds in this family-friendly musical, with fellow gambler Sky Masterson attempting to win over a Salvation Army–type reformer and Nathan himself grappling with his longtime girlfriend’s desire for commitment. Audiences watch seasoned pros from the Bay Area—as well as prodigies from King Middle School and Berkwood Hedge School—shuffle through dazzling dance numbers with aplomb gained while performing for theaters throughout California and trying to outperform the actors in their bathroom mirrors.
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.