Live performances have returned to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, and in grand style as the revered venue resumes its Broadway Series and welcomes some well-known talents this fall.
Running now through Oct. 17 is the regional premiere of the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots.” Based on the book by Harvey Fierstein, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, this musical tells the story of a reluctant shoemaker and a fierce drag queen who find common ground in shoes and see a new world of possibilities.
“Kinky Boots” is the latest addition to Paramount’s popular Broadway Series, which marks its 10th anniversary this year. Past shows including “Beauty & the Beast,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Wizard of Oz,” and “Sweeney Todd” have earned Paramount broad accolade.
Following upon the heels of “Kinky Boots” comes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic fairy tale musical “Cinderella,” which runs Nov. 10-Jan. 9. It’s followed by a stage adaptation of the Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day,” a fresh musical that plays Jan. 26-March 13. Closing out the season is “Rock of Ages,” a Broadway show that relives some of the most iconic hits of the ’80s.
Beyond Broadway, Paramount delivers a fall lineup that includes bestselling author and humorist David Sedaris, who offers his sardonic wit and social critiques with new readings and recollections. He closes out an intimate show on Nov. 29 with a Q&A session and book signing.
“The Second City’s Holiday Revue” returns Nov. 26 through Dec. 23 with an hilarious look at the joys and stresses of the holiday season.
There’s plenty more to come in the new year, with comedians, tribute musicians and much more still ahead.
“We look forward to being one of the first major theaters in Chicago to welcome audiences back,” says Tim Rater, President and CEO of Paramount Theatre. “We appreciate our patrons for staying with us. We couldn’t do any of it without you.”
To order tickets for “Kinky Boots” or any other Paramount show, visit paramountaurora.com or call the box office. ❚
Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com.