Paramount show joins Broadway, holiday tunes
By Randall G. Mielke For Sun-Times Media November 29, 2012 11:36AM
Rob Lindley will share master of ceremonies duties for "Happy Holidays Broadway Style ... A Musical Revue" on Dec. 4 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
‘Happy Holidays Broadway Style ... A Musical Revue’
♦ 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4
♦ Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
♦ Tickets, $25
♦ (630) 896-6666
Updated: November 29, 2012 2:36PM
At first glance, it may appear as if the musical characters Joseph, Danny Zuko and Annie do not have a lot in common. However, what ties them together is that the actors and actresses who played these roles in the Paramount Theatre’s Broadway Series of musicals will perform together on stage in the musical revue “Happy Holidays Broadway Style ... A Musical Revue.”
“We are taking great pride in bringing back this talent for our audiences,” said Jim Corti, the artistic director of the Paramount Theatre and the director of the show. “It is a rare treat to see stage actors do something different; something out of character.”
“Happy Holidays Broadway Style ... A Musical Revue” will be presented on Dec. 4, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
In addition to Brian Bohr, who played Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Skyler Adams, who played Danny Zuko in “Grease,” and Caroline Heffernan, who is currently appearing as Annie in “Annie,” the 12-person cast features six other entertainers who have appeared, or will appear, in the Broadway Series musicals. In addition, three other entertainers who have not performed on the Paramount stage round out the cast.
“Three individuals will be making their Paramount debut,” Corti said, “but all the rest have been in a Broadway Series show or are going to be in a Broadway Series show. Emily Rohm, who plays Grace Farrel in ‘Annie,’ for example, will also be Marian Paroo in the upcoming ‘The Music Man.’ She will sing ‘’Til There Was You’ in the ‘Happy Holidays’ show.”
According to Corti, the musical revue is “a mixed bag of gorgeous traditional holiday tunes and some seasonal Broadway favorites.”
“We will have jazz, blues and folk tunes,” Corti said. “We have everything from Whitney Houston songs to Bing Crosby songs — from ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ to ‘White Christmas.’”
Corti believes that the audience will enjoy seeing some of their favorite musical theater performers.
“The audience will recognize them and identify them and see them out of their characters,” he said. “It also creates a sense of community to see the same performers again.
“When we approached performers, they would say, ‘Oh, I’d love to do such-and-such number,’” Corti continued. “So the singers, in some cases, had a connection to the material and that gives the audience some insight into who they are personally.”
The show is also a fundraiser for the Paramount Theatre. All the proceeds will go directly to supporting the Broadway Series.
“It’s a way of thanking our audience,” said Corti about the musical revue. “We need their partnership and support for continuing the Broadway Series.”
In addition to directing the show, Corti will share master of ceremonies duties with Jefferson-Award winning actor Rob Lindley.
“Rob has done benefits for Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf and others,” Corti said, “so the selection of which songs to use came mostly from Rob’s experience. And as emcee with Rob, there will be some patter between us between the songs.”
But Corti insists that his contributions to the show will be in the directing and emceeing capacity and not as a performer.
“That takes rehearsal time to do well,” he said of the possibility of his performing in the show. “I think I will leave it all to the others.”