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, presented by Entertainment Events at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $25, you get one ticket for seating in the orchestra section, rows W–DD, or the lower balcony, rows J–P (a $50.55 value, including ticketing fees).
- For $28, you get one ticket for seating in the orchestra section, rows K–Z or the loge, rows A–H (a $56.70 value, including all ticketing fees).
Girls Night: The Musical plots 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 Genesee's hyperaccurate restoration, with every chandelier crystal, ornate molding, and coat-check flapper refurbished in line with the theater's original 1920s movie-palace glory.
Entertainment Events has produced amateur and professional performances in more than 250 cities both domestic and abroad and also supports communities, schools, art groups, and civic organizations with fundraising efforts.
Genesee Theatre began its life with a sellout. Opening its doors on Christmas Day, 1927, it welcomed audiences to four sold-out movie screenings, but those flickering stories weren't the only attraction. A $25,000 pipe organ—and that's in old-timey dollars—immediately caught the eye, while Italian marble, a stunning chandelier, and the building's Spanish Renaissance–style architecture dazzled.
Over the years, many changes occurred, the glamorous quotient rising or dipping with the times and the theater closing altogether in 1989. But when it reopened again in 2004, it was back in full force. Antique chandeliers and fixtures of the period had been brought in from around the country, the luxe carpet had been recreated from a 1927 photograph, and all the dust bunnies had been sent packing with generous severance packages. Yet not all the updates were of the old-fashioned sort: the stage was doubled in size, and cutting-edge technology was brought in to give the theatre's high-voltage visitors, from comedians to musicians, the star treatment.