Without the applause of an audience, actors have no way of knowing how well they’ve died. Stand and ovate with this GrouponLive deal to see Annie at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. For $50, you get a theater evening for two (up to a $111.20 total value, including all fees) that includes:
- Two tickets for general-admission seating in the balcony or rear of the lower level (up to a $91.20 value, including all fees)
- Cast photo and a photo on the red carpet (a $20 value)<p>
Choose from the following dates and times:
- Saturday, April 6, at 5 p.m.
- Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m.
- Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m.<p>
Doors open one hour before the show.
Annie is a decidedly old-fashioned piece of entertainment: based on a Depression-era comic strip by a deeply conservative cartoonist, it debuted on Broadway back in 1977. The protagonist is utterly innocent, the villains gleefully melodramatic, and the mood unabashedly optimistic. But the mop-topped eternal little girl and her canine pal, Sandy, show no signs of aging, much less stopping (although the strip itself finally ended in 2010). After an initial Broadway run of almost six years, the musical launched countless tours, international productions, and a beloved film starring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Audiences remain enraptured by the heartwarming tale of a spirited girl determined to find familial love in the face of a devious orphanage matron and her scheming cohorts. Songs from the musical have burrowed deep into pop culture, including instantly recognizable hits such as “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” the last of which was sampled by rapper Jay-Z to bolster his street cred by pretending he controlled a pack of orphans.
Harold Washington Cultural Center
Named in honor of Chicago’s first African-American mayor, the Harold Washington Cultural Center hosts theatrical and musical events that echo the center’s mission of African-American cultural preservation. This event helps celebrate the 10-year commemorative anniversary for the Harold Washington Cultural Center. In addition to its entertainment, the center performs community outreach each year to serve more than 45,000 youth through arts programs, teen summits, and special events.