Music Circus Lineup is a Hit (So Far)

By Lisa Page

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I lived in Sacramento for several years in my early 20s before finally making it to see a Music Circus production. Once I finally did, I knew what I had been missing for all those years. It was lively, fun – and unlike so many other venues – there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Sacramento is lucky to have an entertainment option like Music Circus, now in its 62nd season, and I now try to show my support by going to at least one or two shows every year.

This year, I’m on par to see more shows (three) in one season than ever before. I saw the first show on this year’s lineup, “Grease,” thanks to free tickets from my boss. The promo the director gave before “Grease” for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” convinced me and my mom to get tickets for that one too. It’s the only rendition allowed outside of New York—at least for this year. The Little Mermaid is hands-down one of my favorite Disney movies, so it didn’t take much convincing, and it turned out to be one of my favorite Music Circus productions. If you didn’t see the last two, you missed out, but there are still three more shows this summer. Coming up: “The Music Man” (July 31-Aug. 5), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Aug. 14-19), and “Crazy for You” (Aug. 28- Sept 2.).

If you’re doing the math, yes, two plus three makes for a total of five shows this season. Music Circus went down from seven or eight shows this year to five based on feedback from season ticket subscribers. The change paid off with subscribers going from a season low last year of 6,500 back up to more than 8,000 or so. People are so busy during the summer months that making a five show commitment with a week off between shows is much more doable than seven or eight shows back to back. I could actually see myself subscribing next year if they stick to doing five shows again.

What do you think about the changes Music Circus made this year? Are you, or would you consider being, a subscriber?

If you’re like me and a bit more selective about what you want to see and also really busy during the summer months, you can weigh in on the number of shows and what you’d prefer to see next year by taking this quick five-minute survey here. Music Circus has showed that it’s willing to adjust things based on fan feedback, so make your voice heard. Then check your calendar and make plans to go see one of the old favorites coming up. It makes for a great girls’ evening with moms, daughters or friends. Enjoy fondue across the street before the show at The Melting Pot or grab desert afterwards at Rick’s Desert Diner.

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