A 2020 rehearsal photo from Circa's original "Saturday Night Fever," which was to open in March 2020 but was canceled due to Covid.

A 2020 rehearsal photo from Circa’s original “Saturday Night Fever,” which was to open in March 2020 but was canceled due to Covid.

A Covid-inspired success from 2020 will return on Tuesday, Aug. 10, as Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will be back on its marquee for an outdoor show, at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

You can join the Circa ’21 Bootleggers, the cast of “Saturday Night Fever” and a few special guests as they entertain patrons in a live concert from atop the iconic marquee. Hosted by Circa veterans Brad Hauskins and Tristan Tapscott, the concert will celebrate Circa ’21, its history and feature tunes from the ‘70s disco era and beyond. It will also include a special 2022 announcement you won’t want to miss.

The logo for the stage musical "Saturday Night Fever," based on the iconic 1977 disco film.

The logo for the stage musical “Saturday Night Fever,” based on the iconic 1977 disco film.

Circa’s Chef Tony will be outside grilling and bar service also will be available. Tickets are $20, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. There will be cabaret-style seating with tables and chairs set up on a blocked-off 3rd Avenue. Circa had two concerts on the marquee last summer.

“Saturday Night Fever” – based on the 1977 film, starring John Travolta, with a blockbuster Bee Gees-fueled soundtrack – will finally open at Circa on July 14 and run through Sept. 11. It was among the 2020 shows that were canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

Circa '21's two marquee concerts in summer 2020 were great successes.

Circa ’21’s two marquee concerts in summer 2020 were great successes.

In the story of the musical, anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

The current Circa show, “Beehive: The ‘60s Musical,” will run through July 10.

The next tribute show is a Prince concert, “The Purple Madness,” on July 22 at 7:15 p.m. It is billed as “the ultimate celebration of the most widely beloved entertainer and profoundly influential artist of all time.”

“It is with great honor and utmost reverence that The Prince Tribute Band was formed, and The Purple Madness have perfected every last nuance in recreating the sights and sounds of the artist Prince,” the synopsis says. “Bobby Miller presents an electrifying performance that can be best described as high energy and a ‘must see’ performance.”

 

A performer atop the Circa marquee at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

A performer atop the Circa marquee at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

Performers atop the Circa marquee on the 1921 former movie palace.

Performers atop the Circa marquee on the 1921 former movie palace.

 

Tickets are $31.50 in advance and $36.50 the day of show, and includes the performance only. Sandwich baskets and other food items will be available for purchase at that performance. Circa has scheduled a Queen tribute concert for Sept. 21 and an Eagles tribute act on Sept. 23.

For tickets or more information, call 309-786-7733, ext. 2, or visit www.circa21.com.

 

Circa ’21 in Rock Island Back for Marquee Concert Aug. 10th, 2021
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.
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Circa ’21 in Rock Island Back for Marquee Concert Aug. 10th, 2021

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