Wednesday June 20 2:57 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


06/15/2018 - 20:00
06/15/2018 - 22:30

“You Should be Dancing” to the Paramount Theatre box office right now to get your tickets, because it’s no “Jive Talkin’” to say seats to Stayin’ Alive are getting scarce.

Tickets are $30, $35 and $40. To purchase, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive captures the excitement of live performance and the tender subtleties of the human voice. With hits like “Night Fever” and “Jive Talkin’” as well as “I Started a Joke” and “To Love Somebody,” Stayin’ Alive delivers a night of classic 70s rock that captures all the excitement, power and disco fever of the Bee Gees. The New York Times called Stayin’ Alive “amazing.”

Stayin’ Alive is a completely immersive concert experience, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. Audiences are treated to the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, including blockbusters like "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love," "You Should Be Dancing," "Nights on Broadway," and, of course, "Stayin' Alive". In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as "I Started a Joke," "Massachusetts," "Fanny Be Tender," "Words," and "To Love Somebody" among other great hits.

Stayin’ Alive has played intimate settings as a six-piece band and huge venues with a 62-piece orchestra. Featuring band members Tony Mattina, Todd Sharman, Joseph Janisse, and Smokin’ Joe Peeres as the Brothers Gibb, the group has received international acclaim, drawing tens of thousands to their shows in Walt Disney World, Mexico City, Houston and many more cities.

A look ahead to Paramount’s 2018-19 season

Later this summer, Paramount’s 2018-19 season opens Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m. with the Happy Together Tour, featuring six headline artists who delivered the biggest hits of the era - The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Cowsills.

Subscriptions to Paramount’s 2018-19 Broadway Series - Legally Blonde (September 5-October 21, 2018), The Wizard of Oz (November 14, 2018-January 6, 2019), The Producers (February 6-March 17, 2019) and the world premiere musical August Rush (April 24-June 2, 2019) – go on sale Monday, May 28.

Just as it has since it launched its first Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount is offering the same “Buy Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free” subscription offer, with 2018-19 four-play packages starting as low as $72.

Stay tuned for news of more nationally renowned artists coming to Aurora’s Paramount Theatre in 2018-19.

For subscriptions, tickets and information, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.

About Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre (, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois.

The 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, the Paramount Theatre has provided Aurora and the Fox Valley the best of entertainment for generations.

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 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 three consecutive seasons.

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 36,000 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.

The Paramount 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 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.

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.

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 or call (630) 896-6666.