For decades, there were only two ways to see Disney characters live: visit Disneyland or reprogram the Main Street Parade's GPS to think your address is Sleeping Beauty's castle. Watch Disney come to you with this GrouponLive deal to see Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival at The Palace Theatre. For $22, you get one G-Pass for balcony seating on Friday, April 12, at 4 p.m. (up to a $34.25 value, including all fees). Doors open at 3 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy bound onto the stage ready to "rock the mouse" with a jam session. Since any object can be a musical instrument (except, of course, the soprano saxophone), Mickey tries to play an old lamp—releasing a familiar blue genie that propels them through three classic stories involving 25 Disney characters. Aladdin's scrappy hero parkours his way through Agrabah's bazaar with the aid of hidden trampolines before whisking Jasmine on a moonlit world tour via flying carpet. The Little Mermaid's Ariel demonstrates her longing for the surface world and lackluster negotiating skills when she trades her voice to Ursula the Sea Witch for a pair of legs. Finally, Woody and Jessie from Toy Story show off their lassoing prowess during a game of Double Dutch—at least until Goofy accidentally catapults them to infinity and beyond, where they must rescue Buzz Lightyear and dodge a meteor shower that bounces into the delighted audience.
A Lollapalooza in mouse ears, Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival spices up timeless Disney hits with jolts of pop, hip-hop, swing, reggae, rock, and country. The Daughters of Triton shake their tail fins to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and the characters on stage might just as easily rock out to bursts of the Black Eyed Peas, Miami Sound Machine, Aerosmith, Toni Basil, or Sly and the Family Stone. Ursula’s "Poor Unfortunate Souls" gets remixed with a pulsing electro beat, and Aladdin’s "One Jump Ahead" amps up its slithery Arabian backbeat to belly-danceable levels. Throughout the show, audiences are encouraged to sing and dance along to their favorite tunes.
Visual ingenuity abounds, from director Fred Tallaksen's phantasmagoric staging to Sam Doty's lighting effects to production designer Rick Papineau's seamless scene transitions. "Under the Sea" plunges the theater into darkness as puppeteers fill the air with phosphorescent marine life. Dancing flamingos mirror the romantic waltz of Ariel and Prince Eric. Woody's horse, Bullseye, even finds an innovative way to jump rope. Adding to the acrobatic spectacle is the chic twist designer Cynthia Nordstrom gives to each of her 299 costumes, whether capping Goofy with a zebra-stripe top hat or accessorizing Minnie with a sequined bow. But her attention to detail shines most brightly in Woody's plastic-mold hair and the precise shade of green used for the phalanx of dancing toy army men.
Wine-colored velvet hangs over the Palace Theatre’s vast proscenium stage, completing a picture of elegance sketched out by the ornate cream walls and balconies. Opened in 1931 as an RKO movie house, the theater has survived the century with much of its original furnishings intact, including the huge brass chandelier, the original murals by Andrew Karoly and Jules Zartol, and the pack of hyenas that provided the prototype laugh track for vaudeville shows.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.