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‘Mamma Mia!’ Is ABBAsolutely coming to Circa!

July 18th, 2018

A beloved Broadway smash and five-time Tony Award nominee, and the show that resurrected an international wave of ABBA fever will make its area debut when Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse treats audiences to the singing, dancing, spirited fun of the iconic musical MAMMA MIA! This pop-tune-driven entertainment – one of the 10 longest-running productions in Great White Way history – will electrify crowds at the Rock Island dinner theater through September 15 and is being brought to life by a spectacular cast of Circa ’21 newcomers and venue favorites. MAMMA MIA! will be staged at Circa... Read More

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

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

August 31st, 2016

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

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

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

Circa ’21 Announces Its 40th Season

June 15th, 2016

Circa ’21 is getting ready to celebrate its 40th  birthday next June, but the Rock Island dinner theater has already announced its 40th anniversary season beginning in November. It’s an action-packed lineup boasting six marvelous musicals – among them a Tony-nominated musical based on an Oscar-winning movie, and two of the most beloved Broadway titles in the history of American theatre. The season begins with the return of a delightful holiday revue last produced in 2009 — Circa ’21’s “Holly Jolly Christmas” (rated G), running Nov. 9 through Dec. 29. Featuring more... Read More

Holman halos heck of a heavenly show with Circa’s ‘Sister Act’

May 23rd, 2016

Antoinette Holman has always been a star, she just needed a vehicle to show it, and I can’t think of a better way for her to debut than as the lead of Circa’s new “Sister Act.” With its combination of sass, singing and humor, Holman is perfect for the part, and it’s her brilliant talent that’s the biggest factor in leading the show to such a triumph. It’s not just Holman that highlights the show. It’s a terrific production in many ways I’ll get into shortly. But when you’ve got to cast a character that is in almost every scene, in a musical in which she sings the majority of... Read More

Heavenly humor and music shines on Circa with ‘Sister Act’

May 6th, 2016
Rachelle Walljasper, Kay Francis, Bonnie Spainhower, Antoinette Holman, Kristin Gilbert

Heavenly humor and music is going to be shining down on the congregation of Circa ’21 Dinner Theater this summer as the Rock Island venue opens up its pearly gates to “Sister Act.” The Broadway musical-comedy smash hit opens May 6 and runs through July 2. Based on 1992’s wildly popular film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, and nominated for five 2011 Tony Awards including  Best Musical, this hilarious, endearing, and high-energy production will have you riding a wave of pure musical-comedy exhilaration, and is being brought to life by a magnificent cast of professional talents. “Sister... Read More

Circa ’21 offering a full slate of shows and concerts

March 28th, 2016

There’s a lot happening at Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Dinner Theater over the next few months! The venerable institution is bringing in a huge array of shows, showcases and concerts for a variety of audiences. Here’s the rundown: Mainstage Shows: SHEAR MADNESS – Through April 30: Audiences are loving this absolutely hilarious comedy which is the longest running comedy in U.S. history. SISTER ACT (Quad City Premiere) May 4 – July 2: The hit 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg comes to the Circa ’21 stage. MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL – July 6 – August 27: A musical celebration... Read More

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