The first films to incorporate sound were known as “talkies,” just as the word “walkies” was applied to the first plays not starring cardboard actors. Celebrate theatrical innovation with this GrouponLive deal to the Davis Musical Theatre Company. For $99, you get two season tickets, valid for general admission to one Friday- or Saturday-evening performance of each of six 2012–13 main-stage musical productions (a $180 value). The season includes the following shows:
City of Angels (September 14–October 7)
Two storylines run down the noir-soaked streets of 1940s Hollywood, as comedy and drama meld with fact and fiction in a musical that nabbed six Tonys when it first premiered.
A Christmas Carol (November 16–December 9)
The composer and lyricist behind Disney classics including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast reimagines the Dickens tale of miserly Scrooge and his visit from three ghosts of Christmas and one angel of Halloween.
Follies (January 4–27)
Set the night before the demolition of a theater, this Stephen Sondheim, Tony-winning love story candidly portrays a reunited couple’s hopes, loves, and fears.
Urinetown (February 22–March 17)
Set in a future society in which pay toilets form the flashpoint for socioeconomic rebellion, this satirical comedy lances absurdities ranging from government bureaucracy to irresponsible corporations.
Oklahoma! (April 19–May 12)
In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, a cowboy and a farm girl fall in love before the backdrop of the turn-of-the-century American West.
Candide (June 21–July 14)
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim add raucous song to Voltaire’s adventurous satire of a young man and his mentor surviving earthquakes, wars, storms, and the Inquisition with little apparent damage to their optimistic worldview. For this production, the set will envelop the audience for an experience that’s as intimate and interactive as possible without the actors giving free haircuts to the front row.
Davis Musical Theatre Company
The Davis Musical Theatre Company, one of the longest running nonprofit amateur musical-theater companies in California, has packed nearly three decades’ worth of calendars with a host of notable Broadway favorites. The intimacy of its Performing Arts Center's 238 seats allows musical-theater fans of all hat sizes to absorb roaming melodies and soaring vocals without the obstruction of a cartwheeling Nathan Lane.