Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Vicariously live the free-wheeling thespian life with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get two tickets to All Shook Up at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria (up to a $106 value). Click here to see showtimes. Today's deal is good for seating beginning at the front row of the sides and extending back along the sides of the theater.
All Shook Up transports audiences back to the summer of 1955 with a romantic story line studded with the nostalgic strains of vintage rock 'n' roll. Jeremy Sartin and Katie Postotnik star as motorcycle bad-boy Chad and innocent ingénue Natalie, with a veteran cast of troupers joining them to spin a two-hour tale of love more unlikely than that between rival physicists marooned inside a particle collider. All Shook Up weaves a catalog of popular Elvis tunes including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Love Me Tender" into its love-laden plot, helping to set a perfect foundation for a night of snuggling with a spouse, old flame, or mothballed poodle skirt.
Inside the Arizona Broadway Theatre's immense lobby, a grand piano tempts wayward fingers, and earth-toned paints spread out over ceilings. Inside the auditorium, dining-table-style seating cascades out from the stage, facilitating delicious meals and quick games of footsie with fellow audience members. Although food is not included in today's deal, the theater's 3,000-square-foot kitchen produces seven show-stopping entrees, including gravy- and mash-flanked braised-beef short ribs and a half-pound cheeseburger that chefs hand-pack into a brioche-bun suitcase for trips down esophageal thoroughfares.
Arizona Broadway Theatre
A Peoria fixture since 2004, Arizona Broadway Theatre combines performances with fine dining, a marriage that helped garner the title of Best Playhouse from PHOENIX magazine in 2010. Curtains open to a cast of talented performers, who were culled from auditions in New York and the Valley of the Sun, and have belted out Broadway staples such as Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and Singin' in the Rain. Servers glide through the tiered theater hall prior to performances, peppering white tablecloths with platefuls of American fare. Previous show's menus have included such dishes as steak diane's sliced tenderloin paired with sautéed shallots and lyonnaise potatoes, which entertain patrons' stomachs without forcing them to eat the show's program.