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Award-Winning Broadway in Aurora, Illinois

Aurora's Paramount Theatre is home to Chicago's Best Broadway Series
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

For its 2018-19 season finale, and for the first time in its history, Paramount’s fourth Broadway Series production will be a brand new musical, the world premiere of August Rush, based on the Oscar-nominated movie. Internationally acclaimed director John Doyle, who earned a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd and also staged the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, will direct this new live stage adaption of the Oscar-nominated Warner Brothers film about a musically gifted orphan and his search for his birth parents. Reserve your tickets for this world premiere production at

Nobody does comedy like Mel Brooks. Nobody does shows like the Paramount.

Get set for The Producers, Mel Brooks’ uproariously funny live musical based on his hilarious 1967 film,next in Paramount’s 2018-19 Broadway series, running February 6-March 17, 2019

Reviews for The Producers: 

"[This] show 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

"Although not yet springtime for Paramount in Aurora, their near-perfect production of the musical comedy “The Producers” is a good enough reason to make the drive." - Noel Schecter, Newcity

"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

Paramount's 2019/2020 season announced: 

September 4 through October 20

Beauty and the Beast
November 13 through January 19

The Secret of My Success: A New Musical
February 6 through March 17

Kinky Boots
April 24 through June 2

Reviews for Wizard of Oz: 

"Paramount's latest, The Wizard of Oz, is the perfect treat for a family night out." - Dean Richards, WGN

"Enough to make you click your glitter-dusted ruby slippers far more than three times, and to send you home with a whole lot more smarts, heart, and courage." - Hedy Weiss, WTTW

"Paramount's production dazzles." - Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

"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

"I was grinning from ear to ear, virtually non-stop." - Paul Lockwood, Northwest Herald

Reviews for Legally Blonde: 

"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

"The Paramount Theatre's latest production of Legally Blonde will exceed movie fans' expectations. Not only does it feature a great female role model, this energetic, thoughtful and hilarious show shares the same positive messages with a modern twist, which makes it the perfect show for your tweens and teenagers...If you're looking for a show for the entire family to see, Legally Blonde is your pick." - Chicago Parent

"I am here to tell you not to judge a blonde by its cover. The saga of rich, white, pink-clad Elle Woods (Casey Shuler) and her unlikely foray into Harvard Law School actually has both substance and cheek...Like Elle Woods, “Legally Blonde” has no pretensions. And omigodyouguys, you shouldn’t either." - Chicago Sun-Times

Learn more about the shows and Paramount's signature "Buy 2 Shows, Get 2 Shows Free" subscription offer at

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.


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