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 Annie at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. For $79, you get two tickets in burgundy- or tan-section seating and lunch or dinner for two (up to a $165 value, including all fees). Lunch and dinner include a menu of bread, choice of soup or salad, and choice of an entree. Choose from the following options:
- Lunch on Saturday, December 1
- Dinner on Sunday, December 2
- Dinner on Tuesday, December 4
- Dinner on Thursday, December 6
- Dinner on Friday, December 7
- Dinner on Tuesday, December 11
- Dinner on Wednesday, December 12
- Dinner on Thursday, December 13
- Dinner on Saturday, December 15
Matinee shows begin at 2 p.m., with sit-down lunch service starting at noon. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m., with sit-down dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m.
Annie is a decidedly old-fashioned piece of entertainment: based on a Depression-era comic strip by a deeply conservative cartoonist, it debuted on Broadway back in 1977. The protagonist is utterly innocent, the villains gleefully melodramatic, and the mood unabashedly optimistic. But the mop-topped eternal little girl and her canine pal, Sandy, show no signs of aging, much less stopping (although the strip itself finally ended in 2010). After an initial Broadway run of almost six years, the musical launched countless tours, international productions, and a beloved film starring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Audiences remain enraptured by the heartwarming tale of a spirited girl determined to find familial love in the face of a devious orphanage matron and her scheming cohorts. Songs from the musical have burrowed deep into pop culture, including instantly recognizable hits such as “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” and “It's a Hard Knock Life,” the last of which was sampled by rapper Jay-Z to bolster his street cred by pretending he controlled a pack of orphans.
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.