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EVAN TYRONE MARTIN, PARAMOUNT’S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RETURNS FOR AN “UNFORGETTABLE” NAT KING COLE TRIBUTE CONCERT NOVEMBER 5

11/05/2017 - 15:00
11/05/2017 - 17:00
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Tickets are $35. To purchase, visit www.ParamountAurora.com, call the box office at (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In Unforgettable, Martin warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E” and “Smile.” BCR News praised, “Martin’s vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud.”

“Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre,” hailed the Chicago Tribune, while the Chicago Sun-Times raved, "Evan Tyrone Martin is a golden-voiced actor of sweetness and grace.”

In addition to his star turn in Jesus Christ Superstar, Martin won similar acclaim as King Triton in Paramount’s The Little Mermaid and Tom Collins in Rent. His other area credits include Dreamgirls (Curtis - Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination), Far From Heaven (Raymond - Jeff Award nomination), The Color Purple (Harpo), Sideshow (Jake-Jeff Award nomination), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Valentin – Jeff Award nomination, Broadway World Award nomination), Floyd Collins, I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett, Some Enchanted Evening and Hair. Regional credits include The Little Mermaid, Forever Plaid, Hair and Pippin. For more, visit www.evantmartin.weebly.com.

Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole is presented in association with Artists Lounge Live.

More about Paramount’s 2017-18 season

Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole featuring Evan Tyrone Martin is just one of many nationally known artists performing on Paramount’s beautiful, 1,888-seat stage this season.

Tickets are also on sale for the international percussion sensation STOMP (November 1), Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl (November 3), An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth (November 4), comedian and impersonator Frank Caliendo (November 10), The Second City’s Non-Denominational Christmas Show (December 1-23 in the Copley Theatre), Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular: The Birthday Edition (January 11), Las Vegas’s #1 ventriloquist Terry Fator (January 20), the incredible magic of Penn & Teller (March 23), Chicago’s own Jersey boys Under the Streetlamp (two shows, March 24), country music star Scotty McCreery (March 25), Shen Yun 2018 (April 5-8), late night comedy legend Jay Leno (April 13), Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine featuring Angela Ingersoll (June 10) and the world’s #1 Bee Gees tribute band Stayin’ Alive (June 15).

These special nights are in addition to Paramount’s 2017-18 Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet (September 13-October 29), Elf: The Musical (November 22-January 7), Cabaret (February 7-March 18) and Once (April 25-June 3).

More than 33,000 subscribers are taking advantage of Paramount’s “Buy Two, Get Two” offer, with four-play packages starting as low as $72. For tickets, subscriptions and more information, go to www.ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

About the Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre (www.ParamountAurora.com), 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. The 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic beauty and superb acoustics.

Designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the Paramount Theatre is graced with a beautiful Venetian decor and a strong 1930s Art Deco influence. The Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. It was the first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, and presented "talking pictures," vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for over 40 years. In 1976, the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA) restored the Paramount to its original grandeur. The Paramount Arts Centre reopened in 1978, offering a variety of touring theatrical, musical, comedy, dance and family programming. In 2006, a 12,000-square-foot, two-story Grand Gallery lobby was added including a Grand Staircase, new box office, café and art gallery.

In 2010, ACCA hired Tim Rater as President and CEO of the Paramount Theatre. Rater’s mission was to radically boost the theater’s programming and audience base by transforming the Paramount into one of Chicago’s top self-producing, professional Equity musical theaters. Rater hired award-winning Chicago director Jim Corti as the Paramount’s first-ever artistic director. In 2011, the Paramount introduced its inaugural four-play Broadway Musical Series with Corti’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady.

In just six blockbuster seasons since, Paramount has leapt to the top of Chicago’s musical theater scene, winning unanimous audience and critical acclaim, and an unprecedented number of Joseph Jefferson nominations and awards, including Best Musical-Large for the past two consecutive seasons. Today, more than 33,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Paramount’s Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices, making the Paramount the third largest subscription house in the nation.

In addition to its Broadway Musical Series, Paramount continues to present an eclectic array of internationally known comedians, music stars, dance events and family shows, and on most Mondays, screens a classic movie for just $1.

The Paramount Theatre is one of three live performance venues programmed and managed by the ACCA, which also oversees the Paramount’s “sister” stage, the intimate, 173-seat Copley Theatre located directly across the street from the Paramount at 8 E. Galena Blvd., as well as RiverEdge Park, downtown Aurora’s summer outdoor concert venue at 360 N. Broadway.

The Paramount Theatre continues to expand its artistic and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Tim Rater, President and CEO, Aurora Civic Center Authority; Jim Corti, Artistic Director, Paramount Theatre; a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater and music professionals.

For more, visit www.ParamountAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666