The Paramount Theatre in Aurora today announced its full lineup (in addition to the previously announced Broadway series) for the 2015-16 season.
Highlights of upcoming concerts performances include Jay Leno, Peter Cetera, Frank Caliendo, Terry Fator, Under the Streetlamp, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Jack Hanna, Josh Turner, The Second City, “STOMP” and “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack,” among dozens more.
Also returning is the theater’s popular $1 “Classic Movie Monday” series, presenting beloved film classics on a two-story screen for a $1 ticket price (schedule TBA), and a line-up of children’s matinees designed to entertain while they educate: “The Math Maniac Show” (Nov. 2), “Lily’s Crossing” (Feb. 25), “Freedom Train” (Mar. 22) and “Charlotte’s Web” (Apr. 27).
Here’s the 2015-16 Paramount lineup:
—Donny & Marie, Aug. 12-16; tickets: $69-$99.Less than a year after their sold out run at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, America’s favorite brother/sister duo Donny & Marie are returning for another exclusive Chicago-area engagement at the Paramount.
—Happy Together Tour 2015, Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; tickets: $59.50. Featuring
The Grassroots, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, Chicago’s very own The Buckinghams, The Cowsills, The Association and Flo & Eddie from The Turtles.
Peter Cetera, Sept. 4, 8 p.m.; tickets: $65. The legendaryChicago frontman and solo star defines an entire era of American rock music.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.; tickets: $35-$45.Decades after his death, Duke’s Orchestra still honors his incredible legacy by performing his cool musical masterpieces for audiences around the world.
Under The Streetlamp, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.; tickets: $49-$59.The former “Jersey Boys” cast mates presenttheir unforgettable show featuring your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown and old-time rock ‘n’ roll tunes.
Jay Leno, with special guest Emily West, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; tickets: $89-$109.From performing 300 nights a year in comedy clubs to dominating the late night circuit as NBC’s “The Tonight Show” host for over 17 years, Leno’s Emmy-winning humor has had audiences around the world laughing for decades and earned him a spot in the Television Hall of Fame. “America’s Got Talent” finalist and CMA nominee Emily West opens.
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Oct. 31, 7 p.m.; tickets:$18-$28. Join this celebration of traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant choreography.
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live!, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.; tickets: $20-$35. (Pre-show lunch with Jack Hanna: 1 p.m., $15 per person). Bring the family for a wild afternoon with “Jungle” Jack Hanna and his animal pals.
“The Happy Medium – Kim Russo,” Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; tickets: $30-$40 (VIP upgrade: $75, includes after show meet-n-greet with Russo and autographed picture. No returns or exchanges.) She’s been called a translator for the spirit world and was recently named Best Psychic of 2015 by The Best of Long Island.
Frank Caliendo, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; tickets: $50-$60. Chicago-born Frank Caliendo is a comedic genius; his high-energy style has the Hollywood Reporter calling him “a combination of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.”
Peter & Paul, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.; tickets: $45-$55. Peter, Paul & Mary transformed folk music into a powerful language that soundtracked the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war scene and an entire era of social change. In a 50-year career, the legendary trio won five Grammys and made it on the Billboard Top 10 list six times.
Josh Turner, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; tickets: $55-$65. One of country music’s hottest stars the CMA and Grammy nominee’s hits include: “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” “Your Man,” “All Over Me” and “Time is Love.” Opening: Raquel Cole.
Terry Fator, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.; tickets: $79-$99. The season two winner of “America’s Got Talent” currently stars in his one-of-a-kind music/ventriloquism show at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Nov 14, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; tickets: $59-$69. Helmed by Grammy-winner Chip Davis, the world-renownedmusic troupetakes favorite songs of the season and beefs them up with their signature New Agestyle dubbed “18th century Classical Rock.”
The Second City’s “Holidazed and Confused Revue,”Dec. 4-20 (Rated R for strong adult language and content); tickets: $36.These guys are bringing their famous skits, songs and laughs to Paramount’s 175-seat Copley Theatre.
“STOMP,” Feb. 26-27, 2016; tickets: $39.50-$49.50. There’s a reason Planet Hollywood in Vegas built a theatre for the sole purpose of housing STOMP, the inventive, energizing and electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals.
“I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy,” Feb. 28, 2016, 3 p.m.; tickets: $30-$35. A tribute concert honoring iconic artists Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Patsy Cline.
“God Save The Queen,” March 5, 2016, 8 p.m.; tickets: $35-$45. Queen’s biggest hits are packed into one huge concert starring Pablo Padin as the late Freddie Mercury.
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show, May 21, 2016, 8 p.m.; tickets: $35-$45. Comedian Buddy Hackett’s son Sandy Hackett and his crew of croonersbringthe Rat Pack’s timeless Vegas show to the Paramount.
The Broadway musical series will include: “Oklahoma!” (Sept. 16-Oct. 18, 2015), “A Christmas Story – The Musical” (Nov. 25, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016), “Hairspray – The Broadway Musical” (Jan. 20-Feb. 21, 2016) and “West Side Story” (Mar. 16-Apr. 24, 2016).
For tickets and information on all programming visit ParamountAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666. The theater is located at 8 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.