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 Shrek the Musical at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts. For $39, you get one ticket (up to a $78.75 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before each performance. Choose from the following seating and showtime options:
- Orchestra seating on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m.
- Balcony seating on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m.
- Orchestra seating on Sunday, March 31, at 7 p.m.<p>
Transporting its magical fairy-tale world from screen to stage, Shrek the Musical plops a lovable ogre’s swamp and a beautiful princess’s castle into the historical California Theatre. Audience members’ imaginations will cast off into Shrek’s faraway kingdom, framed onstage by the theater’s own ornate architecture. As Shrek and Donkey outduel the irksome Lord Farquaad for Fiona’s affections, 19 all-new songs highlight the story’s hilarity, drama, and instructions for achieving a lime-green complexion.
Pinocchio and a team of other disgruntled fairy-tale characters belt out an anthem for originality with “Freak Flag,” and in a final showdown at the Cathedral of Duloc, Shrek airs his true feelings in a reprise of “Big Bright Beautiful World.” Hearts of all ages will cheer for Fiona to find her true love’s first kiss, as the irreverent cast of characters escorts her and her charming ogre to a happily-ever-after finale that, for once, does not involve catapulting the villain off into the sunset.<p>
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
A former vaudeville performance space and movie palace built in 1928, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts hearkens back to a bygone era with its majestic Wurlitzer organ, which is played during silent-film programs, and a time portal linked to the childhood home of Alexander Pantages. The theater’s deep-red stage curtains and ornate, vaulted ceilings also steep the senses in a vintage ambiance. Thanks to this comforting nostalgia, as well as the heartfelt scenes that unfold onstage, the space seems much cozier than a 1,718-seat auditorium has any right to.