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NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA’S FIRST U.S. TOUR BRINGS SWAN LAKE TO AURORA’S PARAMOUNT THEATRE ON JANUARY 20

01/20/2019 - 15:00
01/20/2019 - 17:30
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This full-scale production marks the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s first U.S. tour. Watch 55 of the Ukraine’s most talented ballet stars bring to glorious life the tale of a young prince who falls in love with a princess who has been transformed into a swan, based on Russian folklore and German legend, set to the timeless music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Tickets to Swan Lake are $35-$65. For tickets and information, visit www.ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Ballet of the Odessa National Opera is situated within the building of the prestigious Opera Theater, where the greatest divas of Russian ballet performed on stage, from Anna Pavlova to Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya.

Since 2009, the ballet manager has been Yuri Vasyuchenko, an Honorary Artist of Russia and exclusive soloist for Bolshoi in its glorious era under the tutelage of Yuri Grigorovich. Since 2017, the Artistic Director of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa is the People’s Artist of Ukraine Elena Baranovskaya.

The Odessa company is recognized as one of the most prestigious institutions of classical ballet in Russia and can boast an extremely varied repertoire, carrying the honor and the task to preserve the precious heritage of the great Russian ballets. A part of the company's repertoire has always been the great masterpieces of classic ballet, from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, to Sylphide by Bournonville, Giselle by Adam, Don Quixote and La Bayadère by Minkus, to the various twentieth century ballets by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Falla and Shchedrin.

The ballet company consists of the best performers, graduates of prestigious Ukrainian and Russian choreography schools. Many talented artists have danced with the Odessa National Opera Company in its different periods and many of them have been soloists in major international companies. While this marks the company’s first U.S. tour, over the years, due to the many tours all over the globe, the National Opera of Odessa ballet has earned its first-class international reputation.

Choreography for Swan Lake is after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, staged by Yuriy Vasyuchenko. For more, visit www.opera.odessa.ua.

Subscribe now to Paramount’s 2018-19 Broadway Series

Join the growing ranks of over 40,000 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.

Discounted three-show subscription packages are still available including Paramount’s holiday season production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Amber Mak, which is currently taking audiences over the rainbow and into the fantastic world of Oz, November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019.

Next, Paramount’s Broadway Series presents The Producers by Mel Brooks, based on his unforgettable, uproariously funny 1967 film starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, February 6-March 17, 2019. Artistic Director Jim Corti directs.

For its 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 Warner Brothers film about a musically gifted orphan and his search for his birth parents. Performances are April 24-June 2, 2019.

For subscription information or single tickets, visit www.ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

Paramount Theatre’s Broadway Series is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Dunham Fund, ComEd and City of Aurora.

Also coming to Paramount Theatre in 2018-19

Tickets are currently on sale to:

Shen Yun
January 10-13, 2019 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tickets: $80-$200

Shen Yun takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of civilization through classical Chinese dance, enchanting orchestral music, authentic costumes and dynamic animated backdrops.

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular "Birthday Edition"
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$60

The Elvis Birthday Tribute Concert is an Era-by-Era tribute concert celebrating the music and magic of Elvis Presley. The concert begins with the early rock-a-billy, the military years, the movie years, the ’68 comeback special in black leather and the show closes with the Las Vegas concert years. Starring Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton and Cody Ray Slaughter with special guests Chicago’s very own Rick Saucedo and the Blackwood Quartet.

The Blind Boys of Alabama
Friday, January 18, 2019, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50
Sponsored by Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns

First rising to fame in the segregated south, the Blind Boys of Alabama began wowing audiences with their miraculous harmonies and electric live shows. Since then they have won five Grammy® Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award breathing new life into gospel standards by adding jazz and blues influences.

I AM KING: The Michael Jackson Experience
Saturday, January 19, 2019
SECOND SHOW ADDED! Shows now at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $37-$57
Sponsored by Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns

The critically-acclaimed Michael Firestone, the heir apparent to Michael Jackson in look, performance and authenticity, and an incredible cast of Broadway and Las Vegas dancers faithfully recreate the man in the mirror’s amazing showmanship.

Felix Cavaliere & Gene Cornish’s Rascals
Friday, March 22, 2019, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$60

Original members of The Rascals perform the legendary band’s favorite hits, drawing from their 17 Top 20 hits, seven Top 10 hits, and three No. 1 hits including “Groovin,” “People Got To Be Free” and “Good Lovin’.”

The Midtown Men
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$55
Sponsored by Bank of Montgomery

They’ve already taken Broadway by storm. Now The Midtown Men are on their seventh national tour, singing their favorite "Sixties Hits" from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.

Boyz II Men
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $59-$140
Sponsored by Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns

Boyz II Men remain one of the most iconic groups in the R&B genre with a catalog of hits like “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You,” four Grammys®, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time.

About the Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre (ParamountAurora.com), 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. It was designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, and is graced with a beautiful Venetian decor with a strong 1930s Art Deco influence. It also was the first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago. From silent films to the first “Talkies,” from Vaudeville to Bobby Vinton, from Dionne to Donny and Marie, Paramount Theatre has provided Aurora and the Fox Valley the best of entertainment for generations.

In 1976, the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA) restored 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 Paramount Theatre. Rater’s mission was to boost the theater’s programming and audience base by transforming Paramount into one of Chicago’s top self-producing, professional Equity musical theaters. Rater hired award-winning Chicago director Jim Corti as Paramount’s first-ever artistic director. In 2011, Paramount introduced its inaugural four-play Broadway 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 three years in a row.

Today, the 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre remains nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic beauty and superb acoustics. More than 40,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Paramount’s Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices, making the Paramount the second largest subscription house in the nation. In addition to its Broadway 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.

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

Rater and his team also are preparing to open the new Paramount School of the Arts in the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, currently under construction adjacent to the Paramount. Paramount’s new school will encourage and train young actors, dancers and musicians for a culture-filled life, nurture the arts in Chicago’s western suburbs and add to the excitement, cultural and economic activity in downtown Aurora. Courses for children as young as six months will be offered with opportunities for adults and seniors, as well. Registration opens in the fall for a full roster of classes, private lessons and camps in acting, music and dance to launch in early 2019.

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.