During Friday’s opening-night performance, Megan Warren’s voice pierced the darkness to begin the Spotlight Theatre’s production of The Spitfire Grill, her immaculate a cappella vocals grabbing the audience’s attention before the music and lights even dared join her. Before her first song “A Ring Around the Moon” ends, you’ll be entranced by Warren’s depiction of Percy, if not for her plight of starting over after being released from prison. then because the folksy music so perfectly suits her voice.

One of Disney's most cherished animated musicals of all time will roar with glorious theatrical life courtesy of Quad City Music Guild, as the enchanted tale of Beauty & the Beast enjoys a June 14 through 23 run at Moline's Prospect Park Auditorium, the Tony Award-winning smash reuniting audiences with beloved characters and songs in a show Variety magazine praised as an “opulent stage musical” boasting “fantastic production values and a memorable score.”

Winner of three 1985 Tony Awards including Best Play, author Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues kicks off the Mississippi Bend Players' military-themed summer season in Augustana College's Brunner Theatre Center, the comedy's June 14 through 23 run demonstrating why the Wall Street Journal deemed it “the funniest play on Broadway,” and the New York Times labeled it a “joyous and unexpectedly rewarding” entertainment in which “the laughter rarely stops.”

Described by the New York Post as “an irreverent and funny looks at the intricacies of friendship” and by the New York Daily News as “a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be,” Five Women Wearing the Same Dress serves as the latest presentation in the Playcrafters Barn Theatre's Barn Owl Series of one-weekend runs, its June 14 through 16 presentation boasting memorable characters and what TheatreWeek deemed “dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.”

A swashbuckling, musical tale of romance, humor, and beautifully tongue-twisting lyrics is set to entrance June 14 and 16 audiences at St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center, with Opera Quad Cities presenting, as its annual summertime entertainment, Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance.

Delivering their first 2019 presentation in the form of what is widely considered one of the last plays that William Shakespeare ever wrote, the gifted participants of Genesius Guild will stage the romantic, hilarious, moving, and magical tale of The Tempest in Rock Island's Lincoln Park June 15 through 23, marking the first time in 13 years that the venerable classical-theatre company has produced the Bard's unforgettable 17th Century saga.

Winner of six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score for pop icon Cyndi Lauper in her first outing as a Broadway composer, the high-kicking musical Kinky Boots finds its touring production commanding the stage at Davenport's Adler Theatre on June 19, a work that Entertainment Weekly called “cause for celebration” and that Time Out New York labeled “the very model of a modern major musical.”

Is it a success or a failure when a ghost appears during a séance if you don’t actually believe in the occult? The Richmond Hill Players allow you to decide for yourself with their latest production: a delightful take on the ghostly comedy Blithe Spirit.

Mermaids seem to be popular with the kids nowadays. There are local advertisements for actual swim lessons in which children wear mermaid tails and are instructed on how to navigate the water. And Saturday’s matinée-under-the sea-performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Timber Lake Playhouse had tiny-tyke patrons all dressed up in their mermaid tails and crowns just so they could be like their favorite princess Ariel. What a fun way to kick off the inaugural show in the theatre’s 2019 summer season!

Described by Variety magazine as “warmhearted and uplifting” and by Chicago Theatre Review as “pitch perfect” and “a must-see,” the 2001 musical charmer The Spitfire Grill – based on the much-loved 1996 movie – is set to delight audiences at Moline's Spotlight Theatre June 7 through 16, a show that inspired New York magazine to state, “What even in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment.”

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