Prom is a bittersweet experience—while it celebrates the end of a chapter in teenagers' lives, it also enforces a "last dance" that legally prohibits its attendees from ever dancing again. Retroactively revoke such rules with today’s Groupon: for $29, you’ll score one Prom Committee ticket to The Awesome 80s Prom (a $58.49 value) at Webster Hall in the East Village, plus '80s-themed party favors and a free pass to the nightclub after-party.
Winner of the 2006 Improv Theatre Award for Best Interactive Show, The Awesome 80s Prom whisks would-be-seniors back to 1989 to re-live the decade of excess in all its stonewashed glory at the Wanaget High Senior Prom. The dance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (the show starts at 8:00 p.m.), where taffeta-clad guests will get to moonwalk and pop 'n' lock alongside the captain of the football team, the geek, the head cheerleader, the rebel, and other teenage archetypes, before casting their vote for prom king and queen at the end of the dance. A best-dressed contest held every night will bestow one lucky dancer with the coveted title, so competitive guests will want to don their best studded glove and skinny tie before bathing in a bucket of blue eye shadow and donning a Frankie Says Relax T-shirt sewn together from Members Only jackets and Rubik's Cubes. The prom ends at 9:45 p.m., but ticketholders can dirty dance their way over to the after-party free of charge as Webster Hall transforms from a high school gymnasium into a nightclub where modern beats reign supreme over ear underlings.
While The Awesome 80s Prom welcomes guests of all ages to the day-glo dance floor, it's also a great retro-themed venue for bachelorette parties, birthdays, and corporate events. Whether you missed your own '80s prom because you were caught in an Oedipus complex in 1955 at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance or you were just born a couple of decades too late, The Awesome 80s Prom ensures that you'll look pretty in pink while you say anything about weird science to sixteen candles.
The Early Show, NBC New York, the New York Times, Playbill, and Best of Off Broadway all featured The Awesome 80s Prom. The Improvisational Theater Association named The Awesome 80s Prom the Best Interactive Show of 2006. Citysearchers rate it an average of 4.5 stars:
- The Awesome 80s Prom is a great Saturday night out for a group of girls or guys wanting to go out with some friends and have a great time. – David Sanchez, Best of Off Broadway
- I went to this show with a bunch of my friends and had the absolute best time! Everyone was so talented and the costumes were so hilarious. Honestly, I think I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed my own prom. – vitanellacitta, CitySearch)
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