Musicals have always brought impossible dreams to life onstage, from cats that can talk to humans who can sing in public without feeling weird. Escape from reality with this GrouponLive deal to see Only the Best: 20 Years of Mosaic Memories performed by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit at Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. For $25, you get two adult general-admission tickets (up to a $51 value, including all fees). Choose between the following showtimes:
- Friday, December 14
- Saturday, December 15
Both performances begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.
Since its founding in 1992, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit has produced stirring performances that celebrate the Motor City while inspiring and transforming young artists, 95% of whom graduate high school and go on to college. During Only the Best: 20 Years of Mosaic Memories, the talented group members showcase their impressive vocal ranges on songs and scenes from some of the theater’s most celebrated shows over its 20-year history. An impassioned plea for next-day delivery, “Please Mr. Postman” rings out from Now That I Can Dance – Motown 1962, a musical based on firsthand accounts from members of The Vandellas, The Miracles, The Contours, and other popular groups. The actors also illuminate the stage in highlights from shows such as Crossing 8 Mile, What Fools These Mortals Be, and Everybody’s Talkin’. During the melody-filled evening, ears bathe in soaring measures from within the beautiful neoclassical auditorium, famed for its vaulted gallery, terra-cotta tiles, and seats affixed with enticing red Do Not Press buttons.
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Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts takes the “s” at the end of its name seriously. The immense Beaux Arts building on Woodward Avenue isn’t only a setting for a top-tier collection of visual works that include Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes, a van Gogh self-portrait, and ancient sculptures from Africa and Asia. It also opens the doors of its lecture halls, event spaces, and auditoriums for craft workshops, wide-ranging talks from historians and people who know how to draw really good cubes, film, and music. The latter two art forms find a home in the Detroit Film Theatre, a gilded, neoclassical auditorium that preserves a sense of coziness amid the grandeur.