As Circa ’21 awaits word from the Illinois Governor’s office on when it can reopen, the theater is not sitting back and waiting!  Circa ’21 is set to debut three new shows in the secondary theater, The Speakeasy.

Tickets for all three shows must be reserved online at or  Phone reservations are not accepted for the shows.  The theater requires the use of face coverings to all shows and will be taking everyone’s temperature upon arrival.

Because of COVID, seating capacity is limited to 50 people per show so reserve early! Since COVID restrictions prohibit smaller parties, only reservations for parties of 4 and 6 will be accepted.  The Speakeasy does offer pizza, nachos and other snack items, and, it also offers a full bar.

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE (July 23, 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27)

Entertainment and variety like only Circa ’21 can do! Every Thursday night, area performers, Bootleggers and Circa ’21 favorites will be performing for you live on the Speakeasy stage! Show changes weekly, so come often and enjoy a great night of entertainment! Show is open to fans of all ages. Doors open at 6 and the show begins at 7 p.m.. Circa ’21 is planning a wide range of entertainment in these shows.  Each week will have different performers.  If you attended the “Music On The Marquee” show a few weeks ago, you’re going to love this!

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 6 and the show begins at 7 pm.

Come spend Thursday nights with Circa ’21 and be entertained by some of the most talented performers in the Quad Cities!

BROADWAY BACKWARDS:  A Miscast Cabaret  (August 7 & 8)

Broadway Backwards is a well known cabaret show where men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa.  You’ll hear songs performed like you’ve never heard them before! Broadway Backwards began as a grassroots concert in NYC in 2006.  It has gone on to become a very popular cabaret since it first show.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show. Doors open at 6 and the show begins at 7 pm.

MARY AND ETHEL: How I Learned To Sing (Sept. 12)

Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing celebrates the muses of the Golden Age of musical theatre; Ethel Merman — brassy, unapologetic, bold and Mary Martin — vulnerable, dainty, and lovely. These women inspired some of the greatest composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Kurt Weill and more.

Ethel and Mary: How I Learned to Sing features Augustana College Theatre professor, Shelley Cooper and new medleys arranged by Quad City music director, Mason Moss. Medleys feature songs from the hit shows Anything Goes!, Hello, Dolly!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan and more!

Doors will open at 6 and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.


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