2019 Offering Countless Top 40 Hits in One Great Concert Event
If you love the music of the sixties and seventies, you better plan ahead for the tenth anniversary of the Happy Together Tour, an annual end-of-summer tradition at Aurora’s Paramount Theater, Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Tickets go on sale this week for the 2019 Happy Together Tour, featuring six headline artists responsible for many of the biggest hits of the era: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills.
And yes, these are all the real bands performing their famous hit songs.
All tickets are $59.50. Tickets go on exclusive pre-sale only to Paramount subscribers on Wednesday,
November 21, at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, November 23, at 10 a.m.
Buy early, as this show sells out every year.
Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
2019 Happy Together Tour – Meet the bands
The Turtles continue to be the signature headliners of the Happy Together Tour, with over 40 million records worldwide, and hits including “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “You Showed Me” and many more. As always, founding member and singer Mark Volman will bring his infamous antics to the stage. theturtles.com
Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, is back on the Happy Together Tour due to popular demand. He brings Three Dog Night’s biggest hits to the stage, including “Joy To The World,” “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “Shambala,” “One” and “Easy To Be Hard,” among others. chucknegron.com
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap is thrilled to be on the Happy Together Tour again. Puckett’s trademark voice will be belting out his hits one more time. Fans will affectionately remember “Young Girl,” “Over You,” “Woman, Woman,” “This Girl Is A Woman Now,” “Lady Willpower,” “Don’t Give In To Him” and more. garypuckettmusic.com
The Buckinghams pack power into 60s pop rock. Their #1 song “Kind of a Drag” is the standout favorite that first made them famous. Since then came seven national chart hits, 15 singles and eight acclaimed albums. The Buckinghams enjoyed phenomenal success with hit singles including the powerful “Don’t You Care,” the soulful “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and the national anthem of teenage love, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” on the national charts simultaneously. thebuckinghams.com
The Classics IV formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the “soft southern rock” sound. Formerly led by singer Dennis Yost, the Classics IV are known mainly for the hits “Spooky,” “Stormy” and “Traces,” releases 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards. theclassicsiv.com
The Cowsills have been dazzling crowds the last three years on the Happy Together Tour with their effervescent brand of contagious pop magic. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for TV’s The Partridge Family. The Cowsills are best known for songs “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake” and “Love American Style.” They appeared on numerous TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. cowsill.com
Broadway Megastar Bernadette Peters to Play Aurora’s Paramount Theatre One-night-only, Saturday, August 17
Throughout her amazing career, multi-talented megastar Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics on stage, film and TV, in concert and on recordings. Best known for her work on stage, the vivacious songstress most recently wowed audiences in the title role in the smash hit Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!
On Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m., Chicago-area residents will have just one chance to see Bernadette Peters live in concert at the beautiful Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. Tickets are $49-$99. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
About Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters is one of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers. She has garnered numerous accolades including three Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, three Emmy and four Grammy Award nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to her star turn last year on Broadway as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!, her other recent theater credits include City Center’s Encores! Production, A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis and on Broadway, and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies.
Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Song and Dance. She also won a Tony Award for her performance in Annie Get Your Gun. She received Tony nominations for her outstanding performances in Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed revival of Gypsy, in Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl, Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, Mack and Mabel, and the Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town. In addition, she earned a Drama Desk nomination for her unforgettable portrayal of the Witch in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Peters also boasts an impressive list of television credits, including Amazon Prime’s highly popular Mozart in the Jungle, which won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical. She also appears in the CBS All-Access series, The Good Fight, a spin-off of the network’s popular series, The Good Wife. Other TV credits include NBC-TV’s Smash, ABC-TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, to name a few.
In addition to starring in the Lifetime TV movie Living Proof, Peters has lit up the silver screen in 17 films throughout her distinguished career. She received a Golden Globe Award for her memorable performance in Pennies From Heaven. Other film credits include The Jerk, The Longest Yard, Silent Movie, Annie, Pink Cadillac, Slaves of New York, Woody Allen’s Alice, Impromptu, It Runs in the Family and Coming Up Roses.
Peters has recorded six solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall and Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein, in addition to numerous original Broadway cast recordings.
Peters devotes her time and talents to numerous events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Her “pet project” Broadway Barks, co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, is an annual, star-studded dog and cat adoption event that benefits shelter animals in the New York City area. She is a New York Times best-selling author who has penned three children’s books: Broadway Barks, Stella is a Star, and Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever. All proceeds from the sale of these books benefit Broadway Barks. She lives in New York with her rescue dogs, Charlie and Rosalia. For more, visit bernadettepeters.com.
More exciting shows already on sale at Paramount Theatre include:
The Happy Together Tour
Friday, August 16, 2019, 8 p.m.
An annual end-of-summer tradition at Paramount, this year featuring six headline artists responsible for many of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills.
Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross
Friday, October 25, 2019, 8 p.m.
There will never be another Luther Vandross, and no other voice comes closer to him than Ruben Studdard – the remarkable singer who was hailed as “The Next Luther Vandross” during his historic winning run on American Idol. Imagine the vocals and music performed like Vandross performed them live in concert, including hits like “A House is Not a Home,” “Never Too Much,” “Superstar” and so many more. Ruben Studdard Sings Luther Vandross is the closest you’ll get to a live Luther show.
Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8 p.m.
The U.K.’s finest George Michael tribute show is packed with crowd-pleasing anthems from Wham classics to the chart-topping success of the 80s album Faith, plus the awesome tunes of the 90s. Fastlove stars Andrew Browning, one of Europe’s leading and most accurate soundalike and lookalike to George Michael.
Eddie B “I’m Already Professionally Developed” Tour
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8 p.m.
America’s favorite teacher/stand-up comic is changing the comedy game, tapping into the minds of everyone who’s ever stepped foot inside a school and selling out major arenas throughout the country.
The Second City’s Holiday Revue: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater
November 29-December 22, 2019: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at
2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
At Copley Theatre in the North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Take a handful of The Second City’s best and brightest comedians. Roll ‘em around in some tinsel and eggnog. Throw in your ugliest holiday sweater and before you can say “Aunt Shirley is drunk and trying to put antlers on the dog again,” you’ve got a hilarious holiday revue ready to roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season.
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $79-$99, VIP packages: $174-$249
Celebrity impressions, singing, comedy and ventriloquism, America’s Got Talent season two winner Terry Fator does it all with the help of his hilarious puppet pals Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator and many others.
Friday, April 3, 8 p.m.
If you want to go back in time to see what a Queen concert looked and sounded like, then you want to get tickets to Killer Queen, the premier Queen tribute featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury.
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 p.m.
Comedian and celebrity impressionist Frank Caliendo is a comedy genius, famous for his countless, hilarious appearances on Frank TV, Fox NFL Sunday, MADtv, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. He’s also a favorite at Paramount Theatre, where his high-energy blend of observations, impressions, characters and anecdotal stories always start at a frenetic pace and never let up.
Friday, April 17, 2020, 8 p.m.
For more than two decades, Jay Leno was America’s favorite late-night comedy host, dominating the airwaves, winning an Emmy and a slew of other awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Known as “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno is synonymous with quality entertainment.
Fox Valley Orchestra Summer Pops Series
Rhapsody in Pops – Sunday, June 28, 2020, 3 p.m.
Cool Trumpet HOT! – Sunday, July 12, 2020, 3 p.m.
Broadway in Love – Sunday, July 26, 2020, 3 p.m.
Calypso Summer – Sunday, August 9, 2020, 3 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30; multi-show discounts available – 10% off 3 shows, 15% off 4 shows
Unplug and enjoy live, high quality orchestra performances by the Fox Valley Orchestra, hailed the best in Chicago’s western suburbs, for four summer Sunday afternoons in the beautiful Paramount Theatre.
Paramount Theatre’s 2019-20 Broadway Series
Paramount four-play Broadway Series subscription packages are on sale now starting as low as $72.
September 4-October 20, 2019
The rousing, David versus Goliath, Disney family musical about newsboys who take on a greedy news tycoon, directed by Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
November 13, 2019-January 19, 2020
The family-friendly, enchanting Disney classic storybook musical fantasy that proves beauty isn’t always what it appears, in another holiday season spectacle staging by Paramount’s Amber Mak.
The Secret of My Success
February 12-March 29, 2020
A world premiere musical based on the hit Universal Pictures film starring Michael J. Fox, featuring a book by acclaimed writers Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, score by Chicago’s own Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, directed by Gordon Greenberg.
April 29-June 14, 2020
Paramount presents the regional premiere of the high kicking musical, book by Harvey Fierstein, lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, directed by Paramount’s Trent Stork.
Paramount’s Broadway Series is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Dunham Fund, ComEd and City of Aurora.
PARAMOUNT THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2019-20 BROADWAY OPENER
NEWSIES, DIRECTED BY JIM CORTI, SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 20
Paramount’s principal cast for Newsies is (from left) Alex Prakken as Jack Kelly, Michael Kurowski as Crutchie, Koray Tarhan as Davey, Justine Cameron as Katherine, Bret Tuomi as Joseph Pulitzer and Jerica Exum as Medda.
Want good news? Then you want Newsies – refreshing, inspirational, a huge feel-good show for the whole family, and the perfect opener for the ninth Broadway Series at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.
Newsies starts previews on September 4. Press opening is Friday, September 13 at 8 p.m. Performances run through October 20: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets are $36 to $74. For tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Newsies is suggested for ages 8 and up due to some adult language and mild violence.
Note: Paramount now offers live, real-time ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing at one performance of each Broadway Series production. Newsies will be presented with live ASL interpretation on Friday, October 18 at 8 p.m. Patrons can purchase $30 tickets with special seating for this performance with the code ASLPARAMOUNT. Or, ask the box office about a $90 subscription package to all four ASL interpreted Broadway Series performances during the 2019-20 season.
Newsies – Music that make audiences want to stand up and cheer
Newsies is the rousing, Disney family musical ripped straight from the headlines about newsboys who take on a greedy news tycoon. High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper. Meanwhile, down in the streets, scrappy newsboys hawking Pulitzer’s paper are barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, charismatic delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show the tycoon and his cronies they’re not going to be pushed into the gutter.
Newsies – based on the popular 1992 Disney movie, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City – is packed with unforgettable songs, including “The World Will Know,” “Seize the Day” and “King of New York.” The stage version was first presented by Disney Theatrical Productions on Broadway in 2012, where it ran for more than 1,000 performances before touring.
It’s no surprise Newsies was nominated for eight Tony Awards, winning Best Choreography and Best Score, given its music is by Alan Menken, the eight-time Oscar-winning genius behind some of the most popular Disney films of all time including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. Lyrics are by Jack Feldman. Book is by Harvey Fierstein, based on the film’s screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.
Jim Corti, artistic director at Paramount, tops the masthead of Newsies. Corti directed last season’s smash hit The Producers, along with staging three consecutive Jeff Award winners for Best Production-Musical-Large (Les Misérables, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd) and winning Best Director for two (Les Misérables and Sweeney Todd.) “What I’m really attracted to is the hard knock story of it. Why these boys had to strike. What caused the strike. I don’t think people leave Newsies thinking about that,” said Corti. “We’re going to find a way to make these kids more credible. To make them real street kids. Making that conflict more palpable is what I hope to do with our production, and I think audiences are going to be cheering all the more for these guys when we can capture what they are going through.”
Paramount’s principal cast for Newsies is Alex Prakken as Jack Kelly, Michael Kurowski as Crutchie, Koray Tarhan as Davey, Justine Cameron as Katherine, Bret Tuomi as Joseph Pulitzer and Jerica Exum as Medda (September 4-October 7). The ensemble is Tom Bentsen, Katherine Lee Bourné (also playing Medda Larkin, October 9-20), Joe Capstick, Grant Carriker, Kevin Corbett, Ann Delaney, Jordan De Leon, Vasily Deris, Evan C. Dolan, Ryan Dooley, Michael Ehlers, Neil Lee Friedman, John Gurdian, Luke Halpern, Christopher John Kelley, Ivory Leonard IV, Jarais Musgrove, Nich O’Neil, Jessica Palkovic, Drew Porrett, Haley Jane Schafer (October 9-20), Ken Singleton, Jonny Stein and Travis Austin Wright. Young performers Nate Buescher and Daniel Font-Wilets are double cast as Les.
Paramount’s full production team for Newsies includes Jim Corti, director; Joshua Blake Carter, choreographer; Tom Vendafreddo, music director and conductor; William Boles, scenic designer; Jordan Ross, costume designer; Victoria Bain, lighting designer; Adam Rosenthal, sound designer; Joe Burke, projection designer; Katie Cordts, wig, hair and makeup designer; Jesse Gaffney, properties designer; Susan Gosdick, dialect coach; Bobby Wilhelmson, fight choreographer; Trent Stork, associate director; Sam Grossier, assistant music director and associate conductor; Matthew McMullen, stage manager; and Maegan Burnell, assistant stage manager.
Jim Corti (Paramount Artistic Director and director of Newsies) inaugurated Paramount’s Broadway Series with President and CEO Tim Rater in the fall of 2011 with the critically acclaimed My Fair Lady and a subscriber base of 12,500 patrons. In 2015, Paramount’s Broadway Series became Jeff Award eligible. Since then, Paramount has garnered 55 nominations with 18 wins, including three consecutive Best Large Musical awards for Les Misérables, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd. Corti helmed all three, and won Best Director for two of them, Les Misérables and Sweeney Todd. Paramount subscriptions have now risen above 41,000 with a record-breaking 350,000 patrons in attendance last season. Corti also directed Paramount’s Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, Rent, The Who’s Tommy, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, Once and The Producers. A Broadway veteran, he appeared in the original New York casts of Ragtime and Candide, joined the long running A Chorus Line and toured nationally in Urinetown, Cabaret and Bob Fosse’s Dancin’. Other career highlights include being
the only director to have two productions in the same year in the Chicago Tribune’s list of 10 Best Shows for Drury Lane’s Cabaret and Writers Theatre’s Oh, Coward! in 2009. He remains the sole honoree to have won Jeff Awards as an actor (Marriott’s Grand Hotel), choreographer (Drury Lane’s Singin’ in the Rain) and director (Paramount’s Sweeney Todd and Les Misérables, Drury Lane’s Sweet Charity and Northlight’s Blues in the Night).
Tom Vendafreddo is music director and conductor. Newsies marks his 17th Paramount musical. He won the Jeff Award for Music Direction for Paramount’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and was Jeff nominated six more times for his work on Once, West Side Story, A Christmas Story – The Musical, Oklahoma! and Les Misérables. Other Paramount credits are The Producers, Cabaret, Elf The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, The Who’s Tommy, Mary Poppins and In the Heights. Other local credits include Company and Sweet Charity (Writers Theatre); On the Town and Godspell (Marriott Lincolnshire); Road Show and Shrek: The Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Spitfire Grill (BoHo Theatre – Jeff Nomination for Music Direction); and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre). Regional credits include Billy Elliot The Musical (Signature Theatre), Rent (San Diego Musical Theatre), Odyssey (Old Globe Theatre), Forever Plaid (Chestnut Fine Arts) and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Cygnet Theatre). As a cabaret artist, he has
performed in Chicago, New York, San Diego and Melbourne. In 2014, he became the Founding Artistic Director of the Chicago Artists Chorale, a choral ensemble of working professionals in the Chicago theatre community. tomvendafreddo.com
Subscribe now to Paramount’s 2019-20 Broadway Series
Following Newsies, Paramount’s 2019-20 Broadway Series continues with:
Beauty and the Beast, the family-friendly, enchanting Disney classic that proves beauty isn’t always what it appears, will be another holiday season spectacle staging by Paramount’s Amber Mak, November 13, 2019-January 19, 2020;
The Secret of My Success, a world premiere musical based on the hit 1987 Universal Pictures film starring Michael J. Fox, featuring a book by acclaimed writers Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, score by Chicago’s own Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, and direction by Gordon Greenberg, February 12-March 29, 2020;
And, the Midwest regional premiere of the high kicking musical Kinky Boots, book by Harvey Fierstein, lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, directed by Paramount’s Trent Stork, April 29-June 14, 2020.
Join the growing ranks of more than 41,000 Broadway Series subscribers at downtown Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, now the most heavily subscribed theater in all of Chicago and second largest in the nation. Four-show packages are on sale now and start at just $72. To subscribe or purchase single tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.