Aurora, Illinois – The Greatest Showman, the popular movie musical starring Hugh Jackman as circus impresario P.T. Barnum, boasted one of the biggest soundtracks of 2017. The film’s signature anthem “This is Me” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.
Now Aurora’s Paramount Theatre is inviting audiences to come and sing along, loud and proud, with the words scrolling on the screen to The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, on Friday, November 1, at 8 p.m.
Relive the incredible music and extravagant wonder of The Greatest Showman. Belt out all the top songs with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, the spectacular visionary who tries to bring his dream to life, fight off selfish motives to find the family within his circus performers, while not forgetting the family he has at home. Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya fans, you’ll want be front and center, too, singing along with this modern movie classic.
Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora. Lobby doors open at 7 p.m. for The Greatest Showman Sing-Along with full bar and concessions. Reserved seating tickets are $10; 10 percent off for Paramount subscribers. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. to Paramount subscribers only. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, September 6 at 10 a.m. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Note: Movie Mondays is another popular and affordable series at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre. Enjoy the classics of modern cinema on a magnificent two-story screen nearly every Monday night for just $1. Tickets are sold at the door, cash only. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with full bar and concessions. Following is Paramount’s Movie Monday line-up through the end of 2019. For more, visit ParamountAurora.com and click Movie Mondays:
Monday, September 9 – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Monday, September 16 – Adventures in Babysitting (1997)
Monday, September 23 – Fast and The Furious (2001)
Monday, September 30 – Public Enemies (2009)
Monday, October 7 – The Birds (1963)
Monday, October 14 – The Addams Family (1991)
Monday, November 18 – The Godfather (1972)
Monday, November 25 – Superman (1978)
Monday, December 2 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Monday, December 9 – The Santa Clause (1994)
Monday, December 16 – White Christmas (1954)
Monday, December 23 – Polar Express (2004)
Monday, December 30 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
About Paramount Theatre
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. 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. 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. His mission was to boost the theater’s programming and audience by transforming Paramount into one of Chicago’s top self- producing, professional Equity 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 eight 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 1,843-seat Paramount Theatre remains nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic beauty and superb acoustics. More than 41,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Paramount’s Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices, making 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 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 celebrated the grand opening of the new Paramount School of the Arts on June 1, 2019. Paramount’s new school, which anchors the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center directly adjacent to the theater, is encouraging and training young actors, dancers and musicians for a culture-filled life, nurturing the arts in Chicago’s western suburbs and adding to the excitement, cultural and economic activity in downtown Aurora. Courses for children as young as six months are offered with opportunities for adults and seniors. Registration is now open for a full roster of classes, private lessons and camps in acting, music and dance. For more, visit ParamountSchoolofTheArts.com.
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 ParamountAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.