Award-Winning Broadway in Aurora, Illinois
Aurora's Paramount Theatre is home to Chicago's Best Broadway Series
Eight seasons. 32 productions. 1,362 performances. 41,000+ subscribers. Since launching its own Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount has leapt to the top of Chicago’s musical theater scene, winning unanimous critical and audience acclaim, and an unprecedented number of Joseph Jefferson nominations and awards, including Best Musical-Large for three consecutive seasons.
“Our audiences, the critics and the Jeff Committee clearly agree – Paramount is producing many of the very best musicals in the entire Chicagoland area. This is our fourth consecutive year for multiple nominations across the board. We consider this important recognition for the consistently excellent work being produced on our beautiful stage, and for our top-notch production values that rival theaters anywhere in Chicago, on Broadway and around the nation.”
- President & CEO Tim Rater
Aurora's Paramount Theatre – now the second largest subscription house in the nation – announced four blockbuster musicals for the company’s ninth Broadway Series.
Newsies, the rousing, David versus Goliath, Disney family musical ripped straight from the headlines about newsboys who take on a greedy news tycoon, is Paramount’s 2019-20 season opener, directed by Artistic Director Jim Corti, September 4-October 20, 2019;
Beauty and the Beast, the family-friendly, enchanting Disney classic storybook musical fantasy 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.
Just as it has since it launched its first Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount will offer the same “Buy Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free” subscription offer. Broadway Series packages start as low as $72. In fact, Paramount subscribers pay no more than $37 per show, and that’s the most expensive ticket. Fees not included.
Acclaim for Paramount's 2018-2019 Broadway Series:
"[The Producers] is fearless, often doubling down where others would demur. And it is brimming with original ideas." - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"As is always the case at the Paramount, the production is on a grand scale. And along with [Artistic Director Jim] Corti’s brainy and fearless direction there is sparkling choreography by Brenda Didier (everything from tap dance, to a lovely Astaire-Rogers duet, to a German clog and an elaborate Follies parody), an impeccable orchestra led by music director Tom Vendafreddo, and a spot-on, easily morphable ensemble." - Hedy Weiss, WTTW
"If you love musicals as much as we do, then take a drive out to Aurora for the latest Broadway-infused sensation at Paramount Theatre." - Katina Beniaris, Chicago Parent
"LEGALLY BLONDE...a fun, girl-power story that makes the transition from screen to stage—and from 2001 to 2018—remarkably well." - Broadway World Chicago
"Once again, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora has found a way to turn an often told story into a fresh, eye-popping production." - Eric Schelkopf, Kane County Chronicle
"Paramount's production dazzles." - Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald
Paramount's 2019/2020 season announced:
September 4 through October 20, 2019
Beauty and the Beast
November 13 through January 19, 2020
The Secret of My Success: A New Musical
February 6 through March 17, 2020
April 24 through June 2, 2020
Learn more about the shows and Paramount's signature "Buy 2 Shows, Get 2 Shows Free" subscription offer at paramountaurora.com/broadway.
Aurora's Paramount Theatre is also home to an exciting line-up of performances spanning comedy, dance, and music. Learn more at our #EnjoyAurora events guide.