Metaphors for laughter are often surprisingly violent, from busting a gut to splitting your sides to tumbling down the jagged face of Joke Mountain. Break a funny bone with this GrouponLive deal to see The Awesome 80s Prom at the V Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday–Tuesday evenings. There are no shows on Wednesday. Choose between the following options:
- For $27, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $56.97 value, including all fees).
- For $49, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $113.94 value, including all fees).
Before leg warmers became ironic, they were the cultural currency at high schools across America in the '80s, depicted by Wanaget High and its fictional class of 1989, which streams into the V Theater six nights a week for their senior prom. With an interactive, party-style plot similar to Tony n' Tina’s Wedding, The Awesome 80s Prom lets audience members dress up in their favorite Reagan-era garb to sing and dance along with the cast. All the while, these actors playing jocks, geeks, beauty queens, and other disparate cafeteria-lunch-table tribes compete for audience votes that will win them the title of prom king or queen.
The New York Times called the show “like, so totally rad,” when it played in New York, and its soundtrack, which features artists such as Wham! and Cyndi Lauper, keeps the energy upbeat. A favorite among birthday and bachelorette party groups, The Awesome 80s Prom creates a flood of adolescent memories that streams into minds no longer drowning in teen angst.
Producer and V Theater owner David Saxe was born into Vegas show business, raised by a mother who danced at Les Folies Bergere and a father who led the band for the Rat Pack. Saxe’s V Theater runs its nine concurrent shows in a 40,000-square-foot space divided into four showrooms on multiple floors, each retaining an intimate feeling with seating that brings the audience closer to performers. The V Theater’s current shows range from a seven-act, family-friendly Ultimate Variety Show to Marc Savard’s Comedy Hypnosis, an entertaining act where Savard persuades audience members to hilariously dance, act like animals, and ghostwrite his autobiography.