Akron Civic Theatre

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Tribute band plays 20 Orbison hits such as "Oh, Pretty Woman"; families enjoy School House Rock! classics such as “I’m Just a Bill”

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Expiration varies. Limit 1 per person for 11/18 show; may buy multiple for 11/16 show. Redeem on day of event for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Akron Civic Theatre. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For School House Rock Live! Jr., Child ticket valid for ages 3-12; children under 3 are free. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Music is all around us—in the wind, the rain, and the weird sounds that children make. Listen to something that's actually been rehearsed with this GrouponLive deal to see a musical performance at the Akron Civic Theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Choose between the following options:

  • For $12.50, you get one ticket for cabaret-style seating to see Only the Lonely: The Music of Roy Orbison performed by The Ryan Humbert Band on Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m. (a $25 value).

  • For $13, you get general-admission tickets for two adults and two children to see School House Rock Live! Jr. performed by Firestone Theatre on Sunday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m. (a $26 value).

Only the Lonely: The Music of Roy Orbison

After mastering the soulful lyrics and soothing melodies that characterize Roy Orbison's repertoire, The Ryan Humbert Band performed for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's American Music Masters series honoring the bygone crooner. Ryan Humbert has mingled notes with such stars as Elvis Costello and Third Eye Blind, proving that unlike his relationship with redwood trees, he can collaborate with famous musicians without being overshadowed. For its tribute concert at the Akron Civic Theatre, the nine-piece band will resurrect 20 of Orbison's greatest hits, from the upbeat "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "You Got It" to the lovelorn "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)." Boasting a string section and a knack for growling "Mercy!" at attractive dames without being slapped, the band also burnishes golden oldies such as "Blue Bayou" and "Running Scared."

School House Rock Live! Jr.

It’s the morning of schoolteacher Tom Mizer’s first day on the job, and his nerves are running wild. He tries to calm himself by watching TV, but to his surprise, pieces of his own personality light the screen in the form of School House Rock! Together they show him that the way to win over his students is through imagination and song. Though he fears that he might have lost his mind, Tom begins to enjoy himself as he and his alter egos prepare their lesson plan with School House Rock! favorites such as “A Noun Is a Person, Place, or Thing,” “Conjunction Junction,” and “I’m Just a Bill.” The show charts many musical styles, from the dance-craze mode of “Do the Circulation” to the upbeat pop of “Interplanet Janet.”

E.J. Thomas Hall

Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.

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