Alison Krauss, Indigo Girls, Shatner top Paramount’s new season
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2012 2:28PM
William Shatner is coming to Aurora direct from Broadway with his one-man show all about his life and his world. "Resistance is futile" warns The Hollywood Reporter because Shatner's World: We Just Live in It... is "more fun than any show has a right to be" (New York Post.) | Photo courtesy~Joan Marcus
Paramount’s Annual Season Kick-Off Bash
Aug. 24, 5-7 p.m.; tickets $10
The Paramount is celebrating the start of the 2012-2013 season with a party before the Happy Together Tour. Bash-goers will sample treats from area restaurants and enjoy a silent auction. Tickets include admission and food sampling. Cash bar. Tickets for the Happy Together Tour performance must be purchased separately.
Happy Together Tour
Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; tickets $59.50
Performance by the rock ‘n roll, feel good dream team: Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and Micky Dolenz from The Monkees.
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Aug. 26, 7 p.m.; tickets $75, $85, $95
Alison Krauss is a driving force in country/blue grass music with 41 Grammy nominations and 27 Grammy wins. Her 2007 triumph, the certified platinum “Raising Sand,” a collaboration with Robert Plant and producer T Bone Burnett, won six Grammys including Album and Song of the Year. Her latest album Paper Airplane is her first featuring all-new recordings with her band Union Station.
Sept. 8, 8 p.m.; tickets $49, $59
Carrington’s comedy albums have sold more than 3 million copies, and his concert clips on YouTube average over 5 million views. Rated R for adult language and themes.
Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; tickets $30, $35
It’s an election year and no party is safe — the Capitol Steps are equal opportunity lampooners.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; tickets $18 child (12 and under), $25 adult
Nationally recognized dance troupe from Aurora, with authentic wardrobes made in Mexico, is one of the best examples of Mexican tradition and art in the U.S.
Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; tickets $45, $55
Grammy-winning folk rock duo of Amy and Emily.
Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It…
Jan. 4, 8 p.m.; tickets: $65, $85; $75 VIP Package add on to meet with Shatner and for special seating (limited availability)
William Shatner — the star of “Star Trek” and other TV classics — shares tales about his life and his world.
Feb. 14, 1:30 and 7 p.m.; tickets $49, $54, $64
For Valentine’s Day, the Paramount offers the legendary Bobby Vinton, one of the most successful love singers of the rock era.
Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees
March 30, 8 p.m.; tickets, $32
Tribute show salutes one of the most iconic bands of the disco era.
April 13, 8 p.m., and April 14, 4 p.m.; tickets $39.50 and $49.50
High voltage spectacle combines precision dance moves with playing everyday household items.
The Ides of March and Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone
May 18, 8 p.m.; tickets $39.50, $49.50
They were driving forces of the ‘60s and ‘70s: Herman’s Hermits was one of the original British Invasion bands, and The Ides of March are Chicago’s own.
“Grease,” Sept. 12 to Oct. 7
“Annie,” Nov. 21 to Dec. 30
“The Music Man,” Jan. 16 to Feb. 3, 2013
“Fiddler on the Roof,” March 6 to 24, 2013
Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. and noon; tickets $8
Mad scientist Doktor Kaboom! gets the whole family excited about science and education.
Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m. and noon; tickets: $8
Chihuahua-looking Siamese kitten is on an adventure to save his friends. Based on the popular books by Judy Schachner. For grades K-3.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. and noon; tickets $8
The adventures of Laura and her family as they push westward is brought to life in this family-friendly musical production. For grades 2-6.
Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.; tickets $8
An evening of authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore.
March 12, 9:30 a.m. and noon; tickets $8
America’s most tumultuous era comes to the stage exploring the lives and sacrifices of some of those who stood up for what they believed in. The show includes traditional Civil War songs. For grades 3-9.
The Little Engine That
Could Earns Her Whistle
April 4, 9:30 a.m. and noon; tickets $8
With its famous “I think I can…” refrain, The Little Engine That Could teaches children the value of optimism and hard work. For grades Pre-K-2.
Updated: July 2, 2012 8:02AM
AURORA — Last year’s record-breaking season at the Paramount Theatre doesn’t appear to show any signs of slowing down.
The heart of Aurora’s performing arts scene sold more than 80,000 tickets last year — the theater’s best sales in decades — thanks to Broadway-scale productions beautifully staged in the historic Art Deco theater.
And while the Paramount’s directors have promised even more spectacle and drama for this year’s Broadway series, which opens with “Grease” on Sept. 12, there’s much more in store.
The theater’s full lineup, announced Thursday, promises a long list of A-list music legends, nationally recognized comedy stars, incredible tribute bands and spectacular family-friendly shows to keep the crowds flocking to downtown Aurora.
Musical acts cross nearly every genre and include country star Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; the folk-rock duo The Indigo Girls; a Valentine’s Day concert by the love balladeer Bobby Vinton; a disco-era tribute show Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees; and ‘60s rockers The Ides of March and Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone.
The Paramount’s 81st season celebration begins Aug. 24 with even more of the ‘60s greatest stars. The season kick-off bash in the grand gallery will be followed by the Happy Together Tour, with Flo & Eddie, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and Micky Dolenz from The Monkees.
Comedians also top the bill this year with stand-up comic Rodney Carrington, an election year visit by The Capitol Steps and a one-night-only visit by William Shatner in his one-man show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It...
Dance from STOMP and Aurora’s own Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl round out the season.
“Add a full roster of children’s entertainment and the Paramount will be presenting one of the most diverse entertainment line-ups in all of Chicagoland,” said Paramount Executive Director Tim Rater.
Of course, the real buzz surrounds the Broadway series and whether it can top the productions of its first year. Already, more than 13,000 subscribers have signed on for “Grease,” “Annie,” “The Music Man” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” “Annie” will have an extended run this year leading up to the holiday season.
The 2012-13 Paramount season is sponsored by The Beacon News/Sun Publications, Paramount Arts Centre Endowment and American Airlines.
FOR TICKETS — AND MORE
Tickets to the Paramount’s regular season go on sale next week. Current Paramount subscribers get first dibs on tickets and the best seats through June 8.
On June 9, the Paramount will hold a New Subscriber Pre-Sale. Theater-goers will be able to purchase a minimum of four shows, including general season and Broadway series shows, and receive at least 5 percent off single tickets and the best remaining seats.
Single tickets to individual shows go on sale June 11 at 10 a.m.
Tickets are available in person at the box office, via phone at 630-896-6666, or online at ParamountAurora.com. The New Subscriber Pre-Sale is by telephone only.
Subscriber benefits this season include deals for those who purchase seats at four or more shows.
Benefits include the best seats in the house, easy ticket exchange privileges, and first notice of added shows and special subscriber events.
Subscriber discounts range from 5 to 20 percent off single ticket prices, depending on the number of shows purchased. Buy eight or more shows to become a V.I.P. member with exclusive pre-show access to the theater’s private bar and lounge.
Broadway series tickets
Tickets for the second season of the Broadway series, featuring “Grease,” “Annie,” “The Music Man” and “Fiddler on the Roof” are already on sale at the box office, via phone at 630-896-6666, or online at ParamountAurora.com. Subscribers can purchase two shows and see two shows free.
— Jenette Sturges