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You've asked & we've answered! We are taking the show outside again! That's right! We will be doing a musical cabaret and the performers will be singing from the top of our marquee! We will have tables and chairs set up in the street for you to enjoy this Music On The Marquee Cabaret! The show will feature our Bootleggers, and other beloved members from the theatre.

 

Chef Tony will be outside grilling, so come hungry! Bar service also will be available. So come out, have some dinner, enjoy some great music, and support the theatre!

 

The first event in June was so popular, we sold out in 14 hours, so don't wait to make your reservations!

Sunday, Aug. 16

Gate: 5:30 pm, Show 6:30 pm

 Tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show

Tickets are available online only

Circa in the Speakeasy

Even though we can't open the main theatre due to restrictions of Restore Illinois Phase 4, that doesn't mean the entertainment stops!
Join us in our smaller theatre, THE SPEAKEASY for these great shows!

Because of the Phase 4 rules of Restore Illinois, capacity for each show is limited to only 50 people, so make your reservations early! You must purchase tickets in quantities of 4 or 6 ONLY, and you must purchase tickets for your entire party at the same time. For the safety of our staff and guests, temperatures will be taken and masks must be worn to enter the theatre.

Broadway Backwards:
A Miscast Cabaret

 

Calling all musical theatre lovers: Broadway may be closed but the Circa ’21 Speakeasy is open and our brand new Broadway Backwards is the perfect opportunity to get your musical fix! Featuring a mixture of traditional and contemporary showtunes, this song and dance evening is served up with a hilarious twist! Each of our incredible performers will be singing the songs they have always loved ... usually sung by characters they would never play. From a 30-year-old Annie to Mister Dolly Levi, join us in The Speakeasy for this hilarious (mis)cast of characters as they put their unique twists on classic and modern Broadway hits. You’ll have as much fun watching these musical numbers as we have performing them! 

  Aug. 7 SOLD OUT!
Aug. 8
Still Available

The Circa '21 Speakeasy

Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm

 Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

Tickets are available online only

Because of the Phase 4 rules of Restore Illinois, capacity for each show is limited to only 50 people, so make your reservations early! You must purchase tickets in quantities of 4 or 6 ONLY, and you must purchase tickets for your entire party at the same time. For the safety of our staff and guests, temperatures will be taken and masks must be worn to enter the theatre.

Thursday Night Live

 

Entertainment and variety like only Circa '21 can do! Every Thursday night, area performers, Bootleggers and Circa '21 favorites will be performing for you live on the Speakeasy stage! Show changes weekly, so come spend Thursday nights with us and be entertained by some of the most talented performers in the Quad Cities! Show is open to fans of all ages. If you enjoyed the Music on the Marquee event, you're gonna love this!

Aug. 20

 The Circa '21 Speakeasy

Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm

 Tickets $15 in advance, 
$18 day of show

Tickets are available online only

Because of the Phase 4 rules of Restore Illinois, capacity for each show is limited to only 50 people, so make your reservations early! You must purchase tickets in quantities of 4 or 6 ONLY, and you must purchase tickets for your entire party at the same time. For the safety of our staff and guests, temperatures will be taken and masks must be worn to enter the theatre.

Tickets are available online only

Children's Show!
Rapunzel in the Wild West

 

Are you tired of feeling trapped at home? So is Rapunzel! Join her on this Wild West adventure full of hijinks, hilarity, and heart! Rapunzel longs to be a cowgirl but her mother insists it’s time for her to start acting like a lady. When the evil Bandit Queen shows up to steal the town fortune, it’s up to Rapunzel and her famous, long golden hair-lasso to save the day. Can she prove to everyone that she’s more than just a lady? Hop on the “Friendship Train” and help lasso the Bandit Queen just in time for Rapunzel’s birthday party!

 

Rapunzel in the Wild West is a musical, and interactive melodrama for the whole family! It’s a “fairytale” of female empowerment, and most importantly, being true to yourself, and you won’t want to miss it!

  Aug. 22 & 29

The Circa '21 Speakeasy

2 Performances each day!
Doors 9:30 am, Show 10 am

Doors 12:30 pm, Show 1 p.m.

 Tickets $9.50

Tickets are available online only

Mary and Ethel:
How I Learned To Sing

 

Celebrate the muses of the Golden Age of Musical Theatre! 

Mary Martin -- vulnerable, dainty, and lovely; Ethel Merman -- brassy, unapologetic, and bold. These women inspired some of the greatest composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, Jule Styne, Jerry Herman, Kurt Weill and more.

 

Mary and Ethel: How I Learned to Sing features Augustana College Theatre professor, Shelley Cooper and new medleys arranged by Quad City music director, Mason Moss. Medleys feature songs from the hit shows Anything Goes!, Hello, Dolly!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, and more! Show is open to music fans of all ages.

 

Because of the Phase 4 rules of Restore Illinois, capacity for each show is limited to only 50 people, so make your reservations early! You must purchase tickets in quantities of 4 or 6 ONLY, and you must purchase tickets for your entire party at the same time. For the safety of our staff and guests, temperatures will be taken and masks must be worn to enter the theatre.

 September 12

The Circa '21 Speakeasy

Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm

 Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Loyal Guests,

First of all, we cannot thank you enough for your patience, understanding and loyalty during this unprecedented time in our history. We miss you and are just as anxious as you are to get back to entertaining you, our guests!

 

On Friday, June 26, Governor Pritzker announced the new guidelines for theatres would allow for a capacity of only 50 guests. In working with several state officials over the previous weeks, we had been very optimistic that the Phase 4 guidelines for the State of Illinois would put our dinner theatre in the same classification as restaurants and casinos, which would have allowed us to bring you most of the shows remaining in our 43rd Season. The restaurant and casino guidelines permitted no maximum number, as long as tables are 6’ apart. Despite the fact the seating of our theatre is clearly that of a restaurant, rather than traditional theatre seating, unfortunately, we were informed “all theatres would be treated the same.” We cannot tell you how devastated we are that we are unable to open under these current guidelines for Phase 4. We are so disappointed that casinos, restaurants, riverboats and fitness centers have all been allowed to reopen with social distancing, but we are not given the same opportunity. We have about 5,000 square feet to seat only 334 guests, so there is plenty of room for social distancing.


It was the most difficult decision I have had to make in our 43-year history when I notified the Saturday Night Fever cast — which had remained ready since March 16 to bring you a wonderful show — and the cast members of Beauty and the Beast, along with the entire staff, that those shows have been canceled, and we would not be able to reopen as hoped.

The decision to remain closed at this time was made all that much more difficult since we have already been shut down for 3½ months, but it is fiscally impossible to do either of those shows. with a restriction of 50 guests. We are all eager to get back to work, and it is still our plan to present Savannah Sipping Society this fall. In the meantime, we will continue to work with our city officials, state officials and state representatives in an effort to get our classification changed or to have the guidelines made equal for all indoor businesses. We have shared our new seating plan and all the safeguards we have implemented to protect you, our staff  and the actors— guidelines that have exceeded the recommendations of the CDC and state regulations — and are still working diligently to get the current arbitrary number of 50 overturned. It is our absolute priority to entertain you in a safe environment.
 

We understand how this impacts you. We are working tenaciously to reopen the theatre, and we are committed to you, our loyal guests. Let me reassure you WE WILL BE BACK! We are working to finalize the new season, with some shows rolling over into 2021 and some shows that will fit easier within the restrictions. If you had a reservation for Saturday Night Fever,
Beauty & The Beast, Guys & Dolls, upcoming concerts or our spring and summer children’s shows, the amount you paid has been applied to a Circa’21 credit memo in your customer file. This credit memo will never expire and can be used on any future reservation.

 

Please understand, since we will have had no income for 5 months, asking for refunds at this time will be financially disastrous and would likely cause us to close our doors forever. I’m sure you know how heartbreaking that would be for everyone concerned. So, at this point, we implore you to be patient a little longer and do nothing for now in order for us to recover from this unexpected and disastrous pandemic.
 

Have a gift certificate? Don’t worry! Regular Dinner and Show for One or Dinner and Show for Two gift certificate expiration dates will be extended for the length of time we are closed. For those guests with Holiday Gift Certificates that were valid for Saturday Night Fever or Beauty and the Beast, we have 3 options available for you:
   1. You can exchange it for this year’s Holiday Gift Certificate
   2. You can use it for the mainstage show of your choice
   3. You can exchange the gift certificate for a credit memo in the amount you paid. That credit can be used toward concerts, Speakeasy shows or children’s shows.

 

For those with children’s gift certificates, Seussical and Grace for President will be rolled into the 44th Season, so you can use them for the show you intended or exchange it for this year’s gift certificate.
 

Our goal is to get back to doing what we love and do best — producing Broadway musicals and comedies; presenting special attractions and concerts; and serving delicious meals, drinks and desserts in a beautiful, historic theatre with a friendly and attentive staff — as quickly as possible. In the meantime, with just a few employees currently working, if you have questions, the best way to reach us is by email:

   Diane Laake, Business Manager at dlaake@circa21.com
   Brett Hitchcock, Director of Audience Development at bhitchcock@circa21.com
   Dennis Hitchcock, Owner/Producer at dpjh@circa21.com

 

We can all agree that in our current climate, an evening of good entertainment is essential for mind and body. We will continue to look for alternate ways to bring you the entertainment we so desperately want to provide for you. Another
Music on the Marquee event, video cabarets, etc. are all ideas we’ve been brainstorming. Because it’s a smaller theatre with lower overhead, the Circa ’21 Speakeasy will be able to resume with a variety of programming options to offer our guests. We’ll keep you informed of those events via email and social media.

 

We can’t thank you enough for your tremendous support in Circa ’21 — Thank you for your time, your patience, and your loyalty. We promise we will be back better than ever! We look forward to hearing from you and working with you into our 44th Season and beyond.
 

Best Wishes,
Dennis Hitchcock, Owner/Producer

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Windy City Dueling Pianos, from Chicago, combines high-energy live music played on two pianos by highly skilled players!  The performers, hailing from Chicago and from across the Midwest, have decades of dueling piano experience performing in nationally renowned clubs across the Midwest.  They play off each other in the traditional "Classic" dueling pianos style that has made these shows so popular. You the audience control the show and decide what songs the entertainers play! This is truly dueling pianos entertainment at its best! Must be 18 or older.

August 14

2 SHOWS!

Doors: 6 p.m. / Show: 7 p.m.

Doors: 9 p.m. / Show: 10 p.m.

$12 in advance/$15 at the door

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Because of COVID rules, we are unable to have mixed parties at tables. Therefore, we are only taking reservations for parties of 4 or 6 in order to maximize seating. One person in the party must order online and pay for the entire group. Sorry for the inconvenience. All Illinois distancing rules will be in place. Tables will be at a 12 ft separation, and everyone should wear a mask.

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