Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see Anything Goes, presented by Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre. Choose from the following options:
- For $23, you get one ticket for orchestra seating (up to a $47.50 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.
- For $21, you get one ticket for orchestra seating on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. (up to a $42.50 value).
Young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker arrives at the docks to bid adieu to his boss Elisha J. Whitney and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney as they aboard the S.S. American, which is heading toward London. For the second time, Billy unexpectedly crosses paths with the beautiful Hope Harcourt, whom he rode in a taxi with earlier. Determined to win her away from her fiancé, the stuffy Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Billy gets the bright idea to stow away on the ship. Through a series of schemes concocted by Reno and hapless gangster “Moonface” Martin, Billy may just woo his lady love before the ship reaches London, or he may end up in the brig.
With an original 1934 songbook constructed by beloved composer Cole Porter, Anything Goes introduced a slew of tunes still recognizable to this day. The jaunty score barrels through such standbys as “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top,” songs that have been recorded several times over by stars such artists as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Barbra Streisand. The show’s numerous revivals have seen the addition of songs from Cole Porter’s other works, such as “It’s De-Lovely” from Red, Hot and Blue and “Let’s Step Out” from Fifty Million Frenchmen.
Though this merchant sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Since playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage in 1962, it has grown to be one of the largest professional theater companies in South Carolina. Throughout Charleston Stage’s illustrious history of more than 150 productions, more than a million total audience members have joined in thunderous applause, which happens when they clap their bare feet in unison. However, entertainment is only one element of the theater's mission: its after-school program provides training to more than 200 aspiring thespians a year, and its ArtReach workshop disperses members of its acting roster to schools throughout the state.
Dock Street Theatre
An institution that stretches back to 1736, the original Dock Street Theatre was the first American building specifically designed for theatrical performances. Although that first incarnation most likely burned in the Great Fire of 1740, further forms carried it through the centuries as a hotel occupied by such figures as John Wilkes Booth’s father and Robert Smalls, a hero of the Civil War. In 1936, the WPA carved the current form of the theater out of the shell of the old hotel. More recently, the venue received a $19 million makeover and now sports crystalline acoustics, seismic security, and fresh new seats for stellar views of charismatic characters and stagehands playing Rock, Paper, Scissors in the wings.