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`Ghost’ Full Of Spirited Performances

February 2nd, 2017

If you loved the movie, you’ll love the show. That’s the question everyone is asking, right? Kinda figured. Heartfelt performances, excellent staging and great humor bring Circa’s “Ghost: The Musical” to life, and both fans of the film and non-fans are really going to enjoy it. I’m not exactly a big fan of the movie and I certainly recommend it. It was canny programming for Circa ’21 to grab “Ghost: The Musical.” It’s got everything Circa audiences would want in a show – heart, humor, romance, compelling music and a nostalgic hook. Based upon the mega-popular film, “Ghost:... Read More

Circa Auditioning For ‘Music Man’ This Weekend

January 25th, 2017

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse,  1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is holding auditions for adults and children for its next show, the classic “The Music Man.” The deets: CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSIC MAN When: Saturday, January 28 10:00 AM Sunday, January 29 10:00 AM ADULT AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSIC MAN When: Saturday, January 28 12:00 PM Sunday, January 29 12:00 PM Where: Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse 1828 3rd Ave, Rock Island. Rehearsals start March 2 and the show runs until May 13, 2017. Those auditioning should bring a resume, non-returnable photo, Dress comfortably. Be prepared to dance and... Read More

Circa Presenting Midwest Premiere Of ‘Ghost: The Musical’

January 19th, 2017

For its first production of 2017, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island is proud to present the Midwest Premiere of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit GHOST: THE MUSICAL, the stage version of 1990’s Oscar-winning smash.  Bringing to life all of the excitement, chills, and romance of the beloved movie, but with the addition of a sparkling musical score by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, GHOST: THE MUSICAL runs through March 11 and is sure to be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers in the theatre’s 40th-anniversary season. GHOST: THE MUSICAL will be performed at Circa ’21... Read More

Looking To Live La Viva Las Divas Loca? “Cher” This Event

January 13th, 2017

Looking to Cher the music of one of your favorite performers? On the first Friday of each month since 2012, The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island has presented the hottest drag show in the area – VIVA LA DIVAS to sold out houses.  This professional show features some of the best performers from across the Midwest has become a favorite of many Quad City residents. This month the theatre is offering a special Saturday evening show on January 14th featuring guest star and renowned “Cher” impersonator Miss Candi Stratton.  Stratton is a former Miss All American Goddess (National... Read More

Circa Rockin’ With Sun Records Sounds On New Year’s Eve

December 29th, 2016

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is thrilled to be hosting a special concert attraction on New Year’s Eve featuring the music of legends such as Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins among others! GOOD ROCKIN’ LIVE: A Salute To Sun Records pays tribute to the birth of rock and roll and the music legends that Sun Records helped propel to stardom.  In 1952, Sun Records opened up shop in a small storefront in Memphis, TN, setting off a chain of events that would change the course of musical history. In a few short years, this... Read More

Circa Sets Sail To ‘Jingle Arrgh The Way’

December 1st, 2016

For its first family musical of the 2016-17 season, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse presents the area debut of JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY: A Christmas Pirate Adventure, a holiday-themed follow-up to the wacky adventure How I Became a Pirate produced at the theatre in 2013 and 2015. Based on the story by author Melinda Long, and with book, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this delightful adaptation is sure to delight children of all ages, and is being brought to life by a sensational cast of professional talents. Circa ’21 will present show-only performances of JINGLE ARRGH... Read More

Have A “Holly Jolly Christmas” At Circa 21

November 10th, 2016
Circa 21 Holly Jolly Christmas - Quad Cites

For the first presentation in the theatre’s 40th season of live entertainment,  Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will be the area’s go-to destination for holiday music, laughs, and warmth in its production of “Holly Jolly Christmas.” Opening this weekend and running through December 29, this joyous and funny musical revue last thrilled audiences in 2009, and those at the Rock Island dinner theatre are excited to have it back in a brand-new staging filled with merriment, wonder, and surprises for the whole family. “Holly Jolly Christmas” will be performed at Circa ’21... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Pirate’ Holiday Sequel

October 27th, 2016

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions their holiday children’s musical, Jingle Arrgh The Way. This new musical is the sequel to the theatre’s highly successful 2015 production of How I Became A Pirate. Auditions will be held Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 AM at the theatre, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island, Illinois. Those auditioning are asked to bring a résumé and current photo; prepare 16 bars of a traditional Broadway song; bring sheet music in the proper key; and be prepared to dance and read from the script, if asked to do so. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals... Read More

Speakeasy’s ‘Rocky’ Is A Rocking Great Time!

October 13th, 2016
Nicholas Munson, Don Abbott, Dion Stover, Vince Solis, Sara Tubbs, Becca Meumann-Johnson

I would like, if I may, to tell you of the play that is taking place in the District of Rock Island just a couple of doors down from Circa 21’s popular main theatre in their Speakeasy.  It is much smaller but not any less fun. There is a charming stage with a deep red curtain and bar equipped with nachos and plenty to drink, including a charming list of drinks named especially for the occasion. The event that night, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I ordered a Time warp and a prop bag for myself and my daughter. She came dressed as the spitting image of Magenta and everyone was staring at... Read More

Speakeasy Doing The Time Warp Again With Rocky Horror

October 6th, 2016
Becca Meumann-Johnson, Nicholas Munson, Sara Tubbs

This fall, in its musical smash Million Dollar Quartet, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is home to the songs of such rock ‘n’ roll icons as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. But if you’re looking for tunes performed by a completely different set of rock icons – those with names like Frank N. Furter, Dr. Scott, and Riff Raff – you can look right next door, where the Circa ’21 Speakeasy is hosting the musical-comedy cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW October 8 through 29th. Filled with outrageous humor, dynamic musical numbers, unconventional... Read More