Actors often lose themselves in their roles and live out the rest of their days shouting at balconies and wandering anthropology exhibits talking to human skulls. Admire cranial conversations with this GrouponLive deal to see Damn Yankees at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet on Tuesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. For $24, you get one ticket for main-floor or Balcony III seating (up to a $44 value, including all fees).
Penned by the creators of The Pajama Game, the classic Broadway musical Damn Yankees follows baseball fan Joe Boyd as he sells his soul to the devil, who appears onstage as the charismatic Mr. Applegate. With the help of his sultry assistant Lola, Mr. Applegate tempts middle-aged Joe with the promise of leading his favorite team to World Series glory against the Yankees. Favorite numbers, such as "Whatever Lola Wants," delight old and new fans of the show, ending only when the cast bows in rhythm to selections from Jock Jams.
Though the play's subject is quintessentially American, the Rialto Square Theatre evokes 17th-century France with its gilt-festooned lobby designed after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Neck-achingly high arches of cream-colored marble flank the auditorium itself, ornate with gold leaf and awash in the pure light of overhanging chandeliers that brighten with each standing ovation.
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.