A holiday concert can lift spirits to heights possible at no other time of the year, reinforcing both feelings of goodwill and the Easter Bunny’s crippling inferiority complex. Dig at leporine self-esteem with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $39, you get a backstage ticket package to Ron Hawking: Home for the Holidays at the Des Plaines Theatre (a $78.50 total value). The package includes:
- One ticket for reserved seating in the theater’s first four rows (up to a $53.50 value, including all fees)
- Preshow backstage champagne or sparkling-juice toast with Ron Hawking (a $25 value). Toasts start an hour before each show.
- One complimentary Ron Hawking Christmas CD<p>
Choose between the following performances:
- Thursday, December 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, December 23, at 8 p.m.<p>
Ron Hawking entertains audiences with a silky, supple voice and the ability to effortlessly imitate such classic crooners as Frank Sinatra. Home for the Holidays massages eardrums with such popular Yuletide tunes as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” getting fans in a festive mood and letting time-travelling grinches know they’ve made it safely. Hawking’s backup singers and full band weave velvety tonal tapestries from punchy rhythms and honeyed harmonies.
Before the show, guests head backstage to hobnob with Hawking for a champagne toast and casual conversation about singing, art, and the most ticklish member of the Brat Pack. Originally built as a 1920s vaudeville house, the Des Plaines Theatre encapsulates the evening’s elegance with Spanish art-deco-style plasterwork, a towering marquee, and high ceilings that give notes room to stretch and guests room to make sure toy helicopters work before putting them under the tree.