Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater, or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $16, you get one balcony ticket to see The Ultimate Thriller – The Michael Jackson Tribute (a $33 value) at 8 p.m. on November 6 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, located in Coral Springs.
The Ultimate Thriller pays homage to the King of Pop with a multimedia entertainment extravaganza. A vibrant light show, eye-grabbing video footage, and the choreography of Mic Thompson—who worked with Jackson for nearly a decade—form a peeper-pleasing team that rocks retinas. Eardrums, in the meantime, are swaddled by the sounds of signature hits such as "Man in the Mirror," "Beat It," and "Billie Jean," a benefit song for 1982's two least popular baby names. Over the course of two hours (including intermission), the show synthesizes elements of Jackson's BAD and Dangerous concert tours with material from Thriller, Off The Wall, and his days in the Jackson 5. Enjoy the whole past-blasting blowout from the comfort of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts' fully enclosed balcony, part of a nearly 1,500-seat theater whose layout allows every audience member to feel a sense of connection with on-stage performers without the formal bonding experience of a tandem bike ride.
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Who says thespians and jocks can't coexist? Coral Springs Center for the Arts was once an old gym, after all—and following a 1996 renovation that saw the installation of a 1,471-seat theatre and the removal of all the abandoned bodybuilder nests, the venue became the culturally rich institution it is today. Now approximately 200,000 patrons migrate to its riverside confines annually for Broadway shows and performances by comedians, jazz luminaries, and pop stars. However, that theater isn't the only venue on the premises. On the third floor, an 80-seat cabaret-style Black Box Studio draws audiences into a more intimate, personal style of performance—and VIP packages grant access to the closest of the really close seats. Right below that studio is the Center's Coral Springs Museum of Arts, which showcases both a permanent collection of visual arts and traveling exhibits.