Today's Groupon is $9.00 tickets (normally $15.00) for any December or January performance by Baby Wants Candy, Chicago's standout improvisational comedic musical theater act. Every show begins with a random audience title-suggestion, which the team of comic musical prodigies proceed to turn into an entirely improvised 60-minute one-act musical.
And lets stop right there - because we're not going to get anywhere unless we acknowledge the 1,000 pound gorilla in the room. Everyone knows there are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who are along for every step of the roller-coaster sequence of set-the-stage upbeat ditties, then something-went-wrong sad crooners, and finally the hopeful-resolution-entire-cast-sings-final-chorus ballads. And then there are those who insist that musical is the basest and shallowest art form on the face of the earth.
These two breeds, a microcosm of our highly polarized society, at best do not understand each other, and at worst profoundly dislike each other. In extreme instances, radical factions of musical theater enthusiasts and musical theater haters have been known to engage in small-scale violent conflicts, engaging in political assassinations and kidnappings of each others leaders.
The conflict has long appeared to be have no solution, that is until Baby Wants Candy. For friends, relatives, & other relations long strained by the musical theater species divide, Baby Wants Candy is like a marriage counselor, like an estranged father and child reconnecting over a baseball game, like the Camp David Accords and other peace treaties - you get the picture. Even those musical theater enthusiasts who actually subject their musical theater to some kind of quality standard - cannot be disappointed by the combination of musical talent and spontaneous ability to manufacture compelling stories. And even the most dismissive snobbiest haters of musical theater are going to enjoy the innovation comic relief.
Don't take my word for it haters - check out this unapologetically glowing review from The New York Press, this one from The Scotsman, and y'all Rent-lovers will be interested to hear Gawker.com acknowledging that "Baby Wants Candy will impress even your most Sondheim-obsessed friends."
Baby Wants Candy's current and former cast members have gained national attention as members of SNL, special correspondents on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Mad TV, and other funny spotlights, but you really ought to catch them at their best (when they're allowed to sing their jokes).
You won't know if you're laughing at the hilarious jokes, or at each other, or with each other - possibly all three at the same time - but you will be laughing: laughing once again with your old friend, laughing like the hyenas laugh in the desert sun, laughing like the Bronze Buddha, laughing like children tickled pink with tickley feathers, laughing like Old Man River laughs at Big Mouth Billy Bass's heart warming songs, laughing with eyes full of tears like long-lost siblings overjoyed at their rejuvenated brotherhood.
Baby Wants Candy performs regularly in Chicago, LA & New York... these Groupon tickets will get you into the Chicago show at the Apollo Theater at 2540 N Lincoln. Get into the season with one of the holiday-themed shows in December, or see a typical outstanding Baby Wants Candy performance in January. Just get your Groupon.