Center stage

By Annie Gardner


Upcoming shows in July


‘Jersey Boys’ presented by the Civic Center
Civic Center
July 7 - 25

The 2006 Tony Award winning Best Musical, “Jersey Boys” takes over the Civic Center for almost the entire month of July. The story follows Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, The Four Seasons (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi), and how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Before turning 30, the four members wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide. The show features a plethora of classic songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Tickets are $20 - $62.50, available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at


‘Hotel Paradise’ presented by DMACC
DMACC Huff Theatre, Ankeny Campus
July 15-16, July 30 – Aug. 1

This comedy follows a 14-year-old teen idol who signs a lifetime contract, requiring she remain that age for the rest of her life. See the locally-written play at DMACC’s Huff Theatre July 15-16 ($1) or at the Des Moines Civic Center July 30-Aug. 1 ($2.50).


‘Shakespeare on the Lawn: The Merry Wives of Windsor’ presented by Repertory Theater of Iowa
Salisbury House & Gardens
July 15-18

Repertory Theater of Iowa will return to Salisbury House & Gardens this summer for its annual “Shakespeare on the Lawn” series. This summer’s feature will be “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” which follows the impoverished Sir John Falstaff, who decides to woo Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, not for love but money. Visit for more information.


‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse
The Des Moines Playhouse
July 16 – Aug. 8

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in the delightful musical parable “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Tickets are $17 - $29, available at the Playhouse box office, 277-6261.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Extravaganza’ presented by The Iowa Shakespeare Experience
Simon Estes Riverside Amphitheater
July 16-19

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Shakespeare’s popular comedy in an outdoor, picnic-friendly atmosphere, free of charge. The European-style performances will be at 8 p.m. each night, with gates opening at 6 p.m. for picnics. Pre and post show events evoke further appreciation of the arts with nightly live music, book readings and a small art fair. Visit for more information.


‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’ presented by The Des Moines Social Club
The Des Moines Social Club
July 22-24

The Des Moines Social Club and The Subjective Theatre Company of Des Moines present “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell and featuring Des Moines’ high school performers, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. Tickets are $7.50. CV


Caption: “Jersey Boys” takes over the Civic Center for the month of July.

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