In a special evening featuring acclaimed touring artist Mike Wiley, a horrific piece of history will come to life with thrilling immediacy and power in the author/star's solo performance Blood Done Sign My Name, this arresting work - being presented in the University of Dubuque's Heritage Center on January 22 - hailed by Broadway World as "a fascinating story of one man's journey to understanding and coming to terms with his own community."

Lauded by Broadway World for its "broadly drawn characters, exotic settings, and a spectacular murder with no shortage of suspects," the stage version of Agatha Christie's classic Murder on the Orient Express makes its debut at Rock Island's Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse from January 17 through March 2, this delightful mystery comedy also hailed by the Hartford Courant as "a fast-moving, powerful theatrical locomotive" that "will get you to a better place, and slay you merrily en route."

An annual fundraiser held, in 2024, in celebration of the company's recently concluded 20th year of verse-theatre stage successes, the Quad Cities' theatre troupe the Prenzie Players will host their Twelfth Night Gala on January 6, with the evening at the Village of East Davenport's Village Theatre boasting a silent auction, classical performances by company members, enacted poetry, and live music.

The Golden Globes are on January 7, the Emmys on January 15, Oscar nominations will be announced January 23 … . But no need to be patient, awards obsessives – my fellow theatre lovers and I are gonna get the season started early by welcoming you to the unveiling of the Eighth-Annual Reader Tony Awards!

Lauded by the Orlando Sentinel as "a magical time" and "an utterly charming, topnotch production," the touring entertainment Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is set to delight Quad Citiians right before Christmas, its December 22 staging at Davenport's Adler Theatre treating family crowds to a live version of the beloved stop-motion-animated television special that has charmed audiences for generations.

One last Christmas show for the season: The Black Box Theatre’s newest production, director Andrea Moore's The Ho Ho Ho Show, is a pleasant, quick evening out for those looking for a pleasant, quick Christmas fix.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a Christmas-Music-After-Thanksgiving-and-Not-Halloween kind of person.. This isn't to say I’m a Grinch or a Scrooge; it's more that I find the charm of the holidays best enjoyed in smaller doses. Thankfully, the Timber Lake Playhouse’s most recent production Million Dollar Quartet Christmas, directed by Tim Seib, offers a rousing alternative to typical Christmas fare.

“Bah, humbug!” is the opposite reaction I had after attending Saturday's performance of the Spotlight Theatre’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical, which is arguably the cleanest, best-sounding, most visually pleasing presentation I've yet seen at the venue. Director Adam Sanders and his team of designers put together a sleek, refreshing production that makes me excited for future shows that can explore theatre-making in this space in similarly different ways.

Boasting warmth, humor, magic, and unforgettable songs including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "Step in Time," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," an Oscar-winning family classic becomes a Tony-winning stage spectacular in the theatrical version of Mary Poppins, the latest production by the City Circle Theatre Company that enjoys a December 8 through 17 run at the Coralville Center for the Arts.

On December 14 and 15, theatre lovers are invited to get out of the cold and enjoy an evening of heartwarming holiday storytelling in the delightful one-person snow Small Miracles, a collection of tales written and performed by Riverside co-founder Ron Clark.