Although live theater possesses a spirit of unpredictability and spontaneity, releasing a Siberian tiger on stage to test the actors' dedication to their characters is generally frowned upon. Play the role of a dutiful audience member with today's GrouponLive deal to see Girls Night: The Musical at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. For $21, you get one ticket for section A seating on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. (a $43.50 value).
Girls Night: The Musical thrusts five friends center stage as they ponder their past, celebrate the present, and silently think about robot designs for the future during one comedic night of karaoke. After sold-out runs in Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale and plugs on NBC and the Lifetime network, the acclaimed musical comes to Chicago for a limited engagement. As actresses harmonize to suffragette anthems such as “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men," and "I Will Survive" amid vibrant set pieces, audiences laugh, cry, and dance in the aisles as the theater transforms into a besties convention. On the way to their seats, visitors can marvel at the ornate European architecture of the "Jewel of Joliet," sculpted by Eugene Romeo of Wrigley Building and Solider Field fame.
Rialto Square Theatre
Designed to mimic the French palace of Versailles, Rialto Square Theatre's magnificent interior awes showgoers with its gilded opulence. In the regal inner lobby, a 20-foot, 250-light chandelier—dubbed The Duchess—illuminates a circular series of delicate reliefs that depict allegories of man triumphing through labor and scenes from Greek mythology. A scaled-down replica of Paris's Arc de Triomphe leads from the lobby to the rotunda, adding to the space's grandeur and commemorating miniature Napoleon's victory at the adorable Battle of miniature Austerlitz.