Roaring Twenties Live

Admission to the “Roaring Twenties Live” in Bucyrus is approximately $35.00 per person (group reservations needed).

  • When: Dates may be reserved for groups only.
  • Location: (Map It) The show may be booked at various Bucyrus places as well as the former Speakeasy, Dillinger Event Center,   located on West Mansfield Street on the Square in downtown Bucyrus, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-562-0720  or toll-free 866-562-0720

“Roaring Twenties Live” in Bucyrus, Ohio: “Roaring Twenties Live” is a production that involves history, singing, dancing, and lots of fun.  This production takes you back to the Roaring Twenties during prohibition.  One of the locations where the play is produced in the actual tunnel area where the gangsters traveling from Chicago to New York by train spent many hours during the 20s and early 30s.  During the performance, you may get the opportunity to meet “Al Capone”. The production is full of excitement and surprises. The production was presented by the Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors’ Bureau with local performers. Buffet dinner follows the show.

The performances began with the rediscovery of a basement lair inside a building that was erected in 1916 and was named the Highway Hotel. During the 1920’s it was a popular spot for gangsters traveling from Chicago to New York and returning trips.  At that time there were tunnels under the city of Bucyrus and the tunnel in the Speak Easy still exists (Other tunnels have been replaced by modern basements, etc. due to new construction, etc). The area was called the Highway Grill; Late 1930’s it was a Rathskeller and then the area was closed until renovation and reopening of the historic Speak Easy was completed in 2003. Everything is now just as it was in the 1920s.  The woodwork, tables, etc. are original.  The elevator is still the original and is hand-operated. A play has been written based on history, facts of the era, singing, dancing, gangsters, and just bringing the 1920s alive. The production is by local all-volunteer talent. A minimum of 35 persons is required for the production. There are two shows available for tour groups… 30-minute and a one-hour length show.