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 Reefer Madness: The Musical at New Century Theatre. For $15, you get one G-Pass for best-available seating (up to a $30.76 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before showtime. 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. Choose from the following dates and times:
- Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 17, at 5 p.m.
- Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 24, at 2:30 p.m.
In 1936, a few puffs of marijuana—or, as its known here, "devil's weed"—is all that it takes to turn clean-cut high schooler Jimmy Harper into a no-hope teen bent on a life of violence and lust. As Jimmy spirals deeper into chuckle-inducing depravity—sassing his parents, boosting money from charity, visiting terrors upon trusting animals—campy musical numbers such as the swinging “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” and showy “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy” heighten and highlight his plight. J.C. himself even intervenes, aided by a chorus of showgirl angels, but Jimmy's in too deep, on the lam in a stolen Packard on the road to over-the-top, satirical moral decay.
Reefer Madness: The Musical began as a completely earnest exploitation film first released in 1936. The plot has been changed somewhat for the stage adaptation, but what remains is the hilariously overwrought tone and warning of the many horrible side effects of just one toke: addicts might be stricken with a case of cannibalistic munchies or even be compelled to play the piano. The musical itself was adapted into a 2005 film, starring Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, Ana Gasteyer, and Neve Campbell.
In the film version, Cumming plays The Lecturer, warning parents of the dangers their children face in the show’s titular song:
Also from the film, “Little Mary Sunshine” shows Mary’s descent into sin and depravity at the lascivious hands of vile college man Ralph. But Ralph’s in for a surprise, as he may not be prepared for the inhibitions he is about release upon the world:
Warning: contains sexual situations and adult themes
Though this merchant sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403