Like a frosted three-tiered cake, live theater piles layers of meaning beneath an exquisitely decorated artifice and often contains a sequined chorus girl singing "Happy Birthday." Satisfy a theatrical sweet tooth with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get one orchestra-level ticket to Cabaret (up to an $18 value) at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford. Three performance dates are available: Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
Unveiled on Broadway in 1966, Cabaret has since spawned award-winning films and innumerable productions in playhouses and dental-office waiting rooms across the globe. The classic musical delves into the volatile Berlin of 1929 as it chronicles the patrons and performers of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, particularly its star songstress, Sally Bowles. Her tumultuous relationship with aspiring author Cliff Bradshaw progresses parallel to the tentative romance of a German boardinghouse matron and a Jewish fruit vendor—both of which are thrown into jeopardy as the sensual and artistic freedom of the Weimar Republic gives way to the jackboots of Nazi Germany.
Audience members can nod their heads to hits including "Wilkommen," "The Money Song," and "I Kissed a Girl" when their phone accidentally goes off while nestled amid a historic Florida theater. The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center originally opened in the 1920s as the Milane Theater, where it showcased both live shows and motion pictures. Today, the venue serves as an oasis for theater buffs craving the gilded ambience of the past. Potential attendees of Cabaret should be aware of adult themes and content.