TCR Outdoors at Brucemore

Join us for outdoor theatre in the Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheatre!

We are thrilled to welcome Theatre Cedar Rapids back for another season of outdoor theater. Enjoy the magic of live performance in an unforgettable setting. All tickets for these shows are sold through the Theatre Cedar Rapids box office. Please contact them at 319-366- 8591 or email for any ticket inquiries.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! With a script by Mo Willems, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is even more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party! It’s not easy being the Pigeon – you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something.

Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning “Pigeon” picture books. Written by Mo Willems and Mr. Warburton, lyrics by Mo Willems and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma (Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!).

See full event details on the TCR website.

The Light in the Piazza

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, The Light in the Piazza will sweep you off your feet as it transports you to the summer of 1953 in sun-drenched Florence. Margaret Johnson, an elegant and strong-willed Southern woman, has taken her daughter Clara on a vacation to Italy. A fateful gust of wind blows Clara’s hat right into the hands of a young Italian gentleman, and it’s amore at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long. With soaring operatic melodies, The Light in the Piazza is a story about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the deeply intertwined emotions of love and loss.

Book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel.

Sponsored by Aegon Transamerica Foundation.

See full event details on the TCR website.

Ticket Policies: All tickets for TCR Outdoors at Brucemore shows are sold through Theatre Cedar Rapids. Please contact TCR if you have any questions about ticket policies.

Weather: These events occur fully outdoors and may be held in light rain. If the event cannot be held due to weather, a decision will be made by 5:00 PM and posted on Brucemore’s website and social media. Ticket holders will be notified by phone.

Photography and Video Notice: 

At this event, photography and videos may be recorded. By attending this event, you may be included in these photos and videos. Your attendance at this event grants your permission to be in these photos or videos, which may be used for educational, archival, or promotional purposes. If you have concerns about your likeness appearing in these photos and videos, please talk to a staff member when you check in for the event.

Performance Details

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – July 5-21

Thursdays – Sundays, 6:30 PM


  • Youth 2 and under: $13
  • Youth 3-12: $18
  • Adults: $29
  • Ticket prices include a $3 processing fee. 

The Light in the Piazza – August 9-25

Thursdays – Sundays, 7:30 PM


  • Student: $25
  • Adult: $39
  • Ticket prices include a $7 processing fee.

Ticket Discounts:

  • TCR subscribers receive a 25% discount. Discount codes are sent via email and may be used online. Subscribers may also contact the TCR box office by email to redeem this benefit.
  • Brucemore donors also receive a discount. Contact Brucemore by email or by calling 319-362-7375 to receive your discount code.