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Best Shows in Cedar Rapids

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Paramount Theatre

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Ornaments come to life when Cirque Dream: Holidaze's costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Marvel at gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.

Shrek - The Musical at Paramount Theatre

Shrek - The Musical

Join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey in this magical musical theatre version of the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animation. Following the same story beats as the movie, this Tony-winning show features original songs from Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), and a book by Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

The Nutcracker at Paramount Theatre

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is one of the country's favorite Christmas events, and one of the most performed ballets in the world! This magical story of dancing toys and a Nutcracker prince is paired perfectly with Tchaikovsky's beautiful score. An annual Nutcracker performance by your local ballet company is the perfect way to welcome in Christmas with the whole family!

Gabriel Iglesias at Alliant Energy PowerHouse

Gabriel Iglesias

A now iconic stand-up known for his bold Hawaiian print shirts and larger-than-life personality, Iglesias' comedic style combines his talent for storytelling with voicing characters and brilliantly realistic sound effects. Throw into the mix his cross-cultural and clean-spoken style of comedy, and you have a rare gem who has far-reaching appeal for family audiences too. This is one guy who's guaranteed to have the whole family crying with laughter!

Brad Williams at Paramount Theatre

Brad Williams

California-born Williams has made a striking mark on the nationwide comedy circuit, as well as having a large fanbase online as a guest on various comedy podcasts and radio shows. First discovered by Carlos Mencia at his live show after noticing him in the audience, the young Williams was invited on stage to contribute to the show, to huge applause. Regularly making references and jokes concerning his dwarfism, Williams displays a brazen attitude towards subjects including disability, relationships, sex, and race, attracting new audiences with every appearance.

Nurse Blake at Paramount Theatre

Nurse Blake

A nurse with a background in healthcare isn't who you usually go to see in concert, but with social media, anything is possible. Blake Lynch, better known as Nurse Blake amassed a large online following due to his comedic videos providing insight into the nursing profession. He has also been the pioneer of campaigns including 'Nurses Support Their Young' and 'Banned4Life' which challenged the FDA blood donor policy that excluded gay and bisexual individuals.

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