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Circa Opens Holiday Gift With ‘Elf: The Musical’

November 9th, 2017

A beloved holiday movie is set to become an unforgettable theatrical treat when the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse opens its 41st season with the area debut of ELF THE MUSICAL, a new stage version of the Will Ferrell comedy smash. Running through Dec. 30, this fast-paced, hilarious, touching production is sure to start your family’s holiday season in style and will be brought to life by a fantastic cast of area favorites and gifted actors new to the Rock Island venue. ELF THE MUSICAL will be staged at Circa ’21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For Fancy Nancy

October 24th, 2017

Circa ’21 is thrilled to announce auditions for one of the few productions of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas The Musical to have been licensed in 2017. Auditions will be held at the theatre, 1828 3rd Avenue, in downtown Rock Island, on Saturday, October 28 at 9:00 A.M. This new musical, based on the hugely successful children’s books, has been touring the United States for the last few years. Denny Hitchcock, the dinner theatre’s producer, is “thrilled to be one of the few theatres in the country to be granted the rights to produce this ‘splendiferous’ musical now. I know our guests... Read More

Circa Heats Up Fall With Ring Of Fire

September 20th, 2017

Even though summer is coming to an end, the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is turning up the heat with its final presentation in the theatre’s 40th sensational season: Broadway’s sizzling Johnny Cash salute RING OF FIRE, running through Nov. 4. This thrilling musical celebration of The Man in Black was a sold-out smash for the Rock Island venue during its previous engagement in 2009, and now is being staged in a glorious new production boasting dozens of your favorite Cash songs, all brought to life by a superb cast of professional talents. RING OF FIRE will be staged at Circa ’21... Read More

‘Seven Brides’ Overcomes Problematic Premise With Entertaining Show

August 24th, 2017

In theory, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has an unflinchingly chauvinistic  premise; Adam Pontiphee decides that he’s going to marry Milly. He proposes right after meeting her. He brings her up to his homestead in the mountains of Oregon in 1850. He neglects to mention that he’s got six other younger brothers, and that she’ll have to cook, clean, and mend clothing for all of them. But he baits her with romance and switches to that. Add to that, his six younger brothers actively kidnap six other young women from town in order to take them as brides. So why does Seven Brides for Seven Brothers... Read More

Luck Be Several Ladies! Burlesque Roulette Scores At Speakeasy

August 16th, 2017

The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island is excited to welcome back Bottoms Up Burlesque to the stage this weekend with two all new shows!  On Friday night the members of the recently completed Bottoms Up school of Burlesque will be showcasing what they have learned in their very own show!  On Saturday, the show cast returns with all the performers you love in a show like never before – Burlesque Roulette!  The performers won’t have idea what number they will be performing to until the show emcee spins the wheel to determine their song.  “We are really excited about these two shows” said... Read More

‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ Returns To Circa

July 27th, 2017

A beloved movie musical will be given splashy stage treatment when the Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse presents the long-awaited return of one of its most popular productions: SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS. Based on the classic 1954 film starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, this Tony-nominated musical romance – running through September 16 – is being performed at the Rock Island dinner theatre for the first time in 16 years! SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS will be staged at Circa ’21 on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday matinées... Read More

Rock With Young Elvis At Circa

July 9th, 2017

Get ready to rock your way down to heartbreak hotel with Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. The Rock Island theater is pleased to present the critically acclaimed HEARTBREAK HOTEL – A SALUTE TO YOUNG ELVIS starring Circa ’21 audience favorite, Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band for one show on July 12th. Doors open at 6:00 with show beginning at 7:15. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 the day of the show and may be purchased at the Circa ’21 ticket office located at 1828 3rd Avenue Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733, Ext. 2.  This is a show-only performance, however the theatre... Read More

Frog and Toad Wonderfully Done

June 29th, 2017

A Year With Frog and Toad, the latest children’s production at Circa ’21, is wonderfully done, a show which perfectly captures the tone, feel and look of one of America’s most popular children’s-story series. The terrific, literate show, which was nominated for three 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is masterfully done, and I, as an adult watching it, truly enjoyed it. I think adults watching it will likewise appreciate its subtle, well-crafted style, and smaller children will particularly like it, especially if they are fans of the book. It is a bit slow-moving, and pre-teens... Read More

Frog and Toad Leaps Into Circa

June 15th, 2017

One of America’s most popular children’s-story series gets a fun-filled stage makeover when Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse presents its debut of the charming, hilarious family musical A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD. Nominated for three 2003 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this hour-long theatrical treat to sure to entertain kids of all ages, and is being brought to life by an exceptional cast and crew of professional talents. Circa ’21 will present A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD on scheduled Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings and afternoons from June 13 through July... Read More

Pianos and Burlesque Headline Speakeasy

June 14th, 2017

The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island has an exciting weekend of entertainment planned this Friday and Saturday night! Tickets for both shows can be reserved by calling 309-786-7733, Ext. 2 or online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com.   FRIDAY NIGHT – WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS Windy City Dueling Pianos combines high-energy live music played on two pianos by highly skilled and talented players! The performers, hailing from Chicago and across the Midwest, have decades of dueling piano experience performing in nationally renowned clubs! The musicians play off each other in the traditional... Read More

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