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. Witness truly dramatic close-ups with this GrouponLive deal to see The Music Man at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Reserved seating will be in rows D–H. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get one ticket to a weekday performance (up to a $101 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 29, at 12 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 31, at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 1, at 8 p.m.<p>
- For $58, you get one ticket to a weekend performance with section A seating (up to a $116 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, June 3, at 6 p.m.<p>
Since its Broadway debut in 1957, The Music Man has remained a perennial stage favorite with five Tony Awards and countless adaptations. Artistic director Molly Smith brings the feel-good classic to the Mead Center fresh off her successful run of Oklahoma!, with the Tony Award–nominated Kate Baldwin as leading lady Marian. Upon his arrival in River City, roaming con artist “Professor” Harold Hill, played by Burke Moses, whips the locals into a frenzy over the corrupting influence of the town’s new pool table with the fast-talking tour de force of “Ya Got Trouble” and proclaims that the only way to save their youth is to enroll them in his marching band. However, his plan to pocket their funds and leave town hits a snag when he becomes infatuated with local librarian teacher, Marian Paroo, who sees through his façade but falls for him in turn when he demonstrates his deep understanding of the Dewey decimal system in swooning ballad “Till There Was You.” An onslaught of classic numbers parades throughout the tale of trickery and courtship, including the boisterous, brassy “Seventy-Six Trombones” and the relationship advice of “Shipoopi.”
Audiences surround the Fichandler Stage from all four sides, kept close to the performance by arena-style seating that stretches back only eight rows on each side. Despite the massive scale of the 10,000-square-foot space, modern acoustics eliminate ambient noise and the sounds of inattentive patrons asking the actors to repeat themselves.
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