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Circa’s ‘Music Man’ Is The Best Show Of 2017… So Far

March 31st, 2017
Circa’s ‘Music Man’ Is The Best Show Of 2017… So Far

Circa ‘21’s “The Music Man” is a triumphant success. It’s a magnificent show, brilliant on so many levels, and is easily the best show I’ve seen in 2017… so far. Now, anyone who has followed me over the years knows that I’m not especially a fan of some of the “classic” musicals. They tend to be anachronistic and ridiculous in parts and borderline offensive in others if you actually look beyond the catchy tunes and pay attention to what’s going on. “The Music Man” is a notable exception to this. It’s got its racist and sexist elements that are certainly of its time, and... Read More

High Demand Spurs Circa To Add ‘Music Man’ Shows

March 29th, 2017
High Demand Spurs Circa To Add ‘Music Man’ Shows

Now into it’s third week at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island, THE MUSIC MAN is charming audiences and critics alike!  “We’ve had wonderful response to the show” said Brett Hitchcock – Director of Audience Development. Local critics have also enjoyed this delightful musical with such comments as “Music Man was Terrific” River Cities Reader; “The Music Man is a thrilling ride on board a veritable American (and Iowan) classic” Dispatch/Argus; and “Circa ‘21’s The Music Man is a triumphant success” quadcities.com. The... Read More

‘Music Man’ Marching Into Circa This Weekend

March 16th, 2017
‘Music Man’ Marching Into Circa This Weekend

Those familiar with the iconic stage and screen show, THE MUSIC MAN, may remember that the very first song performed in the show is titled “Rock Island.” It’s consequently fitting that this Tony-winning classic can be found in Illinois’ actual Rock Island when THE MUSIC MAN runs at the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse now through May 13.  An endearing musical romance that has charmed generations of fans, this timeless hit boasts numerous songs that have become cherished favorites, and is being brought to life by a spectacular cast of returning talents and Circa ’21 newcomers. THE... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Big Nate’

March 10th, 2017
Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Big Nate’

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for their Spring 2017 children’s musical, Big Nate, The Musical. This new musical is based on the popular character created by Lincoln Pierce and will be a Quad Cities premier. Following a recent production in Washington, D.C., the critic from DC Theatre Scene noted that [Big Nate] is “bursting with energy and fun music, great lyrics and true to life comic strip characters. Big Nate, based on the familiar comic strip, is a rocking fresh bundle of raucous fun.” Auditions will be held Sunday, March 12th at 10 a.m. at the... Read More

The Real Larry Gatlin Sits Down At Circa Tuesday

October 7th, 2016
Larry Gatlin

Legendary country performer Larry Gatlin will sit down and make himself at home on the Circa ’21 stage in his one man show “WILL THE REAL LARRY GATLIN PLEASE SIT DOWN” for two shows on October 11. The theatre will offer a matinee and evening show.  Doors for the matinee open at 11:45 with a plated lunch served from 12-12:45 and show at 1 pm.  Doors for the evening show open a 5:45 with a five entree buffet open from 6-7, and show at 7:15.  Tickets are $44.41 for the matinee and $50.16 for the evening show. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Circa ’21 ticket office... Read More

‘Menopause: The Musical’ Is A ‘Life-Changing Performance’ For Reviewer

August 31st, 2016
‘Menopause: The Musical’ Is A ‘Life-Changing Performance’ For Reviewer

Friday, August 26, I was invited by a couple of old high school girlfriends to the Circa 21 theatre in the District of Rock Island, IL to see the musical, “Menopause.” I was very excited to see this since I am coming of age, so to speak. And especially since I was to be seeing it with two girls I have known for 30 years. This would promise to be a life-changing performance for myself and every other woman in attendance. Before I go any further, let me say that this theatre is the most beautiful building I have ever had the pleasure of viewing in our Quad-Cities. The grand state of the... Read More

‘Menopause: The Musical’ A Huge Hit With Its Audience

July 19th, 2016
‘Menopause: The Musical’ A Huge Hit With Its Audience

If you’re thinking about going to see Circa ‘21’s “Menopause: The Musical,” or if you’ve already bought tickets to it, you’re definitely going to enjoy it. “Menopause” knows its audience, very well, and has done an excellent job at satisfying that audience. On the opening weekend night I saw the show, the crowd was pretty much filled with middle-aged and above women, with a few middle-aged men as well, and they loved it. I mean LOVED it. They laughed uproariously, they hooted and hollered at some of the jokes and jibes and at the end of the night they quickly rose to give it a... Read More

It’ll Be A Hot Flash Time At Circa During ‘Menopause: The Musical’

July 8th, 2016
It’ll Be A Hot Flash Time At Circa During ‘Menopause: The Musical’

When that change arrives, you can get unusual hot flashes, fiery mood swings and unusual ideas and cravings. And by “that change,” of course I’m talking about a theater changing shows from one to the next. Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is going to be transitioning into that more mature era as they closed down “Sister Act” last weekend and this weekend welcome the return of “Menopause: The Musical,” running through Aug. 27. The show will be performed at Circa ’21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées at 1:30 p.m.... Read More