Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ Hits Stage At Circa ’21
Treating audiences to the stage version of a beloved movie musical, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse’s latest presentation is the area debut of a Tony-nominated Broadway hit – HOLIDAY INN. Running through July 20, and boasting unforgettable songs by legendary composer Irving Berlin, this theatrical delight for all ages is being enacted by a wonderful cast of professional talents, many of them making return appearances at Circa ’21.
Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN will be staged at Circa ’21 on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $53.55 for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $46.73 for the plated-lunch matinées.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2. Online reservations also may be made by visiting circa21.com.
Like its 1942 movie inspiration, the stage version of HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut only to find that life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn, though, when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together, they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?
A true crowd-pleaser of an entertainment, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of classic Irving Berlin tunes, with the iconic hits including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “White Christmas,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Shaking the Blues Away” and many more. Circa ’21 is also excited about having selected costumes from the Broadway production!
Director/choreographer Shane Hall makes his Circa ’21 debut with HOLIDAY INN, while the show’s music director is area favorite Ron May, whose recent credits include music directing such local productions as Augustana College’s “Titanic: The Musical” and Circa ’21’s smash hits “Mamma Mia!” and “Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.”
Joe Arnotti, Will Nash Broyles, Morgan Dayley, Alyssa Flowers, Barry Kramer, Hannah Lake, Haley Teel, Lucas Thompson, Megan Wartell and married performers Bobby and Ashley Becher all make their Circa ’21 debuts with HOLIDAY INN. And joining them on-stage are seven veterans of the Rock Island dinner theatre: Julian Anderson “Elf: The Musical,” Erin Churchill “Mamma Mia!,” Jake Daley “Annie,” Brennan Hampton “Freaky Friday,” Brooke Myers “Newsies: The Musical,” Tristan Tapscott “Diamonds & Divas: A Murderous Fiasco” and Tom Walljasper “Grumpy Old Men: The Musical.”
Circa ’21’s entire team is thrilled to continue its 42nd season with the local premiere of this sparkling and elegant stage entertainment and urges audiences to make reservations for what is sure to be a huge summertime smash. Call the Circa ’21 ticket office at 309-786-7733 ext. 2 for tickets, and share in the magic, music, and memories of Irving Berlin’s timeless HOLIDAY INN!
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