Watching a show during dinner is the most exciting way to liven up a meal, next to juggling silverware at the table or paying the violinists to play the entire Black Sabbath catalog. Delve into a meal while being entertained with today’s Groupon to Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. Choose between the following options:
- For $71, you get a dinner-theater package for two (up to a $142 total value), which includes the following:
- Two tickets to Avenue Q on any available date, excluding performances from February 10 to February 14 (a $51 value each, handling fees included)
- One appetizer (up to an $8 value)
- Two standard dinner entrees (included in price of ticket)
- Two alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages (up to a $9 value each)
Two desserts (up to a $7 value each)
- For $135, you get a dinner-theater package for four (up to a $284 total value), which includes the following:
- Four tickets to Avenue Q on any available date, excluding performances from February 10 to February 14 (a $51 value each, handling fees included)
- Two appetizers (up to an $8 value each)
- Four standard dinner entrees (included in price of ticket)
- Four alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages (up to a $9 value each)
- Four desserts (up to a $7 value each)
Vivid red curtains part to reveal Broadway’s biggest hits at the Midtown Arts Center’s Dinner Theatre, where actors double as waiters to serve seated patrons a spread of upscale American fare. The winningly risqué musical Avenue Q, dubbed by the New York Times as “savvy, sassy, and eminently likeable,” spins an uproarious yarn of a recent college grad’s exodus to New York and his subsequent introduction to adulthood’s many anxieties, such as paying the rent and spontaneously bursting into song.
A winner of multiple Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, Avenue Q plops felt puppets alongside human actors to both revere and subvert such idyllic children’s shows as Sesame Street. Hand-picked from stages across the country for their comedic chops and improvisational skills, the cast members roam the Center’s intimate 236-seat auditorium with dishes in hand when not performing, offering guests the opportunity to ask how they memorize all those lines or dodge all those falling sandbags.
Though the menu changes with every show, appetizers and house-made desserts bookend three or four standard entree selections, including a vegetarian option, all accompanied by robust wines and sudsy beers ideal for irrigating arid laugh lairs. None of the Center’s four- to eight-person tables is further than 45 seats from the stage, ensuring theatergoers an unobstructed view of the gut-busting action as they teach new and old friends how to do an upside-down ovation.
Midtown Arts Center
You never know who might be in the audience at Midtown Arts Center—it could be Broadway devotees taking in a performance of Sweeney Todd, families watching The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, or comedy fans chuckling to Monty Python's Spamalot. The center is able to support such a diverse program thanks to a pair of theaters, a 200-seat auditorium that hosts kids' musical-theatre classes and a 236-seat dinner theater. In the latter, servers present gourmet meals from a menu that includes blueberry baked brie, braised pork shanks, and even creme brûlée. Before dinner, guests can hang out at the full bar and lobby, beautifully decorated spaces that perfectly complement a 200-seat ballroom that can be reserved for weddings or massive games of musical chairs.