May 4, 2016

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Memphis the Musical Opens 5.6.2016

Memphis the Musical opens this Friday at Playhouse on the Square!

Inspired by actual events, Memphis centers around a white disc jokey, Huey, who wants to change the world, and black club singer, Felicia, who is ready for her big break. Their incredible story takes them to the ends of the airwaves and on a journey filled with laughter, emotion, and a whole lot of Memphis soul.

Circuit Playhouse Inc. Super Sponsor: Dr. Thomas Ratliff

Show Sponsors:  Friends of CrimeStoppers; FedEx; Happy Jones and Fred Terry; Janis and Peter Kesser; Kelman-Lazarov

Purchase ticket to Memphis the Musical by calling the Playhouse on the Square box office at 901.726.4656 or click the button below to purchase tickets online!


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Apr 13, 2016

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Junie B. is Back!

Junie-B-Jones-draftsJunie B. Jones (world’s funniest first grader) is back for two more special performances at The Circuit Playhouse! In Junie B. Jones the Musical We follow the sassy little diva Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade. As Junie B. starts first grade, a lot of things have changed for her: her friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie B. has trouble reading the blackboard, and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

To purchase tickets to Junie B. Jones the Musical call the Playhouse on the Square box office at 901-726-4656 or click the button below! 

April 30th
10am & 2pm
The Circuit Playhouse
51 S. Cooper St.


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Mar 28, 2016

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The Country House

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The Circuit Playhouse

By Donald Margulies





Playhouse Advisory: Strong Language 

In what The New York Times calls “a valentine to the artists of the stage,” a group of famous and would-be-famous creative artists have come to their summer home during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The weekend takes an unexpected turn, and everyone is forced to come to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives.

Circuit Playhouse Inc. Super Sponsor: Dr. Thomas Ratliff
Show Sponsor: Gene and Carol Katz


Susie Keegan – Brooke Papritz
Walter Keegan – Barclay Roberts
Anna Patterson – Jeanna Juleson
Elliot Cooper – Michael Gravois
Michael Astor – John Moore
Nell McNally – Kim Sanders

Directed by Dave Landis
Stage Manager – Lexi Lehberg
Costume Designer – Caleb Blackwell
Lighting Designer – Zo Haynes
Technical Director – Phillip Hughen
Props Master – Kellie Bowles

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Feb 24, 2016

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The 2016 – 2017 Playhouse on the Square Season!


Upcoming Playhouse Season Filled with Familiar Songs, and Multiple Regional and World Premieres

The 2016 – 2017 season at Playhouse on the Square will begin with one of the longest running Broadway musicals, the smash hit Mamma Mia! Featuring some of Abba’s biggest hits, this crowd-pleasing favorite played for over 14 years on Broadway. The journey of a young woman looking for her father, Mamma Mia! is sure to leave our audiences dancing in their seats. 

The Circuit Playhouse season will begin with the regional premiere of the Pulitzer prize-winning drama Disgraced. This dramatic and thought-provoking show is the story of Amir Kapoor, a Muslim-American lawyer and his wife, Emily. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite conversation explodes leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about identity irrevocably damaged.

The controversial King Charles III is next on the Playhouse on the Square stage; this brand new drama takes us to an alternate reality where, after a lifetime of waiting, Great Britain’s Prince Charles has ascended to the throne. Opposite at The Circuit Playhouse is the nostalgic Sisters of Swing which brings to the stage the story of LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews: better known to the world as the Andrews Sisters. Sisters of Swing follows the women on their meteoric rise to the top, and their bittersweet demise.

The holiday season at Playhouse on the Square offers something for every member of the family. Peter Pan is back on the Playhouse on the Square stage, while The Circuit Playhouse will be playing host to everyone’s favorite first grader, Miss Junie B. Jones inJunie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!. Back by poplar demand (for the adults), everyone’s favorite cranky elf will be thrilling you with his tales of surviving Macy’s during the holiday season. Join Crumpet and all of his friends for The Santaland Diaries in The Memphian Room at The Circuit Playhouse

January 2017 brings the first of two world premiere productions that will be staged as part of the POTS@TheWorks Series at TheatreWorks. Audience feedback in the staged readings, along with other production considerations, led to the two winners of the 2015 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting Competition. The first is Other People’s Happiness by Adam Seidel, which shows us the portrait of a family in chaos, and asks the question “When you give up your happiness for everyone else, what is your breaking point?” The second winner, Victory Blues by Alan Brody, is set in the 1940s following the end of WWII and explores how we, as Americans, transitioned from a time of war, to a time of peace. Victory Blues will premiere in July 2017.

January 2017 will also see the regional premiere of Rock of Ages at Playhouse on the Square. This rockin’ musical is set at the tail end of the 1980s and is centered around the fight to keep one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary music venues from being turned into a strip mall. Rock of Ages features music from some of the 1980s most popular musicians and one-hit-wonders. The hilarious and shocking comedy Hand to Godmakes its regional premiere at The Circuit Playhouse in late January. Causing shockwaves when it premiered last year on Broadway, Hand to God introduces audiences to what might be the most vulgar, irreverent, and downright funniest puppet you’ve ever met.

At Playhouse on the Square, the classic story Lord of the Flies takes center stage. After a devastating plane crash leaves them stranded on an island, a group of young boys finds themselves in a dangerous situation when the normal rules of society collapse, and primitive instincts take over. Opposite at The Circuit Playhouse is Stephen Sondheim’sCompany, a wildly funny and entertaining look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”

In the spring, Playhouse on the Square is proud to bring the Million Dollar Quartet back home! Bringing to life one of the most iconic moments in Memphis music history,Million Dollar Quartet gives you a front row seat to the only collaboration between legends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins.

The hilarious comedy Ripcord will close The Circuit Playhouse stage for the 2016 – 2017 season. A sunny top floor room at The Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility is considered prime real-estate, and foul tempered Abby is not happy she has to share it with new arrival Marilyn. Abby knows that Marilyn has got to go, and what begins as a harmless bet turns into a game of one-upsmanship. Heartfelt and deliciously inappropriate, this is one battle royale you won’t want to miss.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical will close Playhouse on the Square for the 2016 – 2017 season. Based on the hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musicalis the heartwarming uplifting adventure of three friends who make up a glamorous Sydney based performing troupe. When they agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback, they hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever dreamed.

There is one additional show scheduled at The Circuit Playhouse that will be announced at a later date.

Season subscriptions will go on sale in May. For more information,

 2016 – 2017 Season by Venue in Order of Production:

Playhouse on the Square

Mamma Mia!

August 12 – September 4

Regional Premiere

King Charles III

September 23 – October 9

Regional Premiere

Peter Pan

November 11 – December 30

Rock of Ages

January 20 – February 12

Regional Premiere

Lord of the Flies

March 10 – March 26

Regional Premiere

Million Dollar Quartet

May 5 – May 28

Regional Premiere

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

June 16 – July 9

Regional Premiere

The Circuit Playhouse


August 19 – September 4

Regional Premiere

Sisters of Swing

October 7 – October 30

Regional Premiere

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

November 25 – December 23

Regional Premiere

The Santaland Diaries

December 2 – December 23

Hand to God

January 27 – February 19

Regional Premiere


March 17 – April 9, 2017


April 21 – May 14


June 2 – June 25

Regional Premiere


Other People’s Happiness

January 6 – January 29

World Premiere

Victory Blues

July 7 – July 30

World Premiere

About Playhouse on the Square

Playhouse on the Square is Memphis’ only professional resident theatre. Founded in 1969, Playhouse on the Square remains committed to its mission to produce a challenging and diverse repertoire of theatrical work, to provide a nurturing artistic home where artists can practice their craft and share their talent, and to make all productions available through access, outreach, & education. For more information, visit or call 901-726-4656.


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Feb 10, 2016

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The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

By Y York, Adapted from the story by Rudyard KiplingRiki

Are you ready for some family friendly fun at The Circuit Playhouse? Join us for a special production of The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi on February 20th! 

This clever adaption of the Kipling classic is a free-flowing,
comic brawl! Darzee, the diva, is incensed when Rikki Tikki Tavi washes up in Darzee’s pristine garden. Darzee and her friend, Chuchu, pull out the stops attempting to run off the pesky mongoose, until they see Nag, cobra and despot, run in fear when he discovers that a mongoose is loose. This endearing comedy is about sharing and cooperation.

Tickets: Adults $10/Children $5

Performance Dates:
February 20, 2016 10am & 2pm.
The Circuit Playhouse
51 S. Cooper St.
Memphis TN 38104

For tickets click HERE or call the box office at 901-726-4656

Education Super Sponsor: ArtsZone/AutoZone


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Dec 8, 2015

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Holiday Gifts from Playhouse on the Square

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This holiday season, give your loved ones an experience they will remember. Give the gift of professional live theatre with a gift certificate or subscription to Playhouse on the Square! 

Regular Subscriptions – 8 tickets valid from the time of purchase to the end of the 2014 – 2015 season – $160.00

Holiday Half Subscriptions – 4 tickets to be used for any of our productions till the end of the 2014 – 2015 season. That’s nearly 50% off the regular ticket price! – $85.00

Gift Certificates: 2 tickets to any Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, or POTS@TheWorks performance. – $70.00

Theatre School Classes: The gift of theatre education is one that will benefit your loved one for years to come. – $135 – $165

Tickets are a great gift for anyone.  They will be able to use the tickets however they wish, whenever they wish throughout the season. It’s a great customizable gift that they can enjoy for months to come!  


And don’t forget – Playhouse on the Square mugs and t-shirts make great stocking stuffers!

Stop by our box office at 66 S. Cooper Street to pick up any of these great gift items, call 

(901) 726-4656 to order over the phone or click here to purchase a gift certificate or subscription online.

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Jun 22, 2015

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Subscribe Today!

10431345_10152241352022643_632555175173148590_oSubscriptions are on sale now for our exciting and dynamic 2015-2016 season!

Benefits for Season Subscribers include:

  • Up to 58% savings over regular ticket price
  • Complete flexibility – season tickets can be used in any combination and are valid for the 18 productions at Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and POTS@TheWorks
  • Free ticket exchange and reservation cancellation with 24 hours notice
  • Discounts on Theatre Education

Additional benefits for Patrons and Benefactors include:

  •  A portion of your subscription is a tax-deductible donation
  • Discounted rental of facilities
  • Recognition in all playbills
  • Half-price drinks and free sodas at the bar
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Personal invitations to special events

Earn extra savings by subscribing early!

Early Early Bird Bonus– Subscribe by July 1st, 2015 to receive $20 off your subscription, 1 free ticket good for any opening weekend.

Early Bird Bonus – Subscribe by August 1st, 2015 and receive $20 off the subscription price.

Special Bonus Offer – Subscribe before September 1, 2015 and receive a complimentary subscription to Memphis Magazine.

Ready to become part of the Playhouse on the Square family? Click HERE or call the box office at 901-726-4656 to become a subscriber today!

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