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Paramount Theatre Aurora debuts Route 66 for 9-week run

Route 66 features a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who sing their way from Chicago to L.A.
Route 66 features a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who sing their way from Chicago to L.A.
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Paramount Theatre production of Route 66

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Aurora’s landmark Paramount Theatre has started the ignition on Route 66 for a 9-week run through June 10, 2012.

(front seat, from left) Rusty Koenig, Robert Deason (back seat, from left), Dan Beno, Courtney Crouse, Doug Pawlik and Adam Michaels star in Paramount Theatre’s new production of Roger Bean’s Route 66,
Thomas J. King

The high-octane jukebox review about a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who take an imaginary Chicago-to-L.A. road trip features 34 of the greatest "Rock 'n' Road" hits of the 20th century. You'll hear tunes like "Dead Man's Curve," "King of the Road," "Little Old Lady From Pasadena," "Beep Beep," "Six Days On The Road," "G.T.O”…..and it’s all a lot of “Fun Fun Fun.”

Four shows per week staged in the intimate 216-seat Copley Theatre at a ticket price of $29 makes Route 66 an accessible theater experience for multi-generational family groups. It’s all a Baby Boomer can do not to burst into song along with these guys; let’s face it, we remember all the lyrics!

Think Grease meets Pump Boys & Dinettes kickin' back with Forever Plaid and you’ve got the idea.

The talented cast of singer/musicians includes Dan Beno, Courtney Crouse, Robert Deason, Rusty Koenig, Adam Michaels and Doug Pawlik, directed and choreographed by Stacey Flaster, who's fresh off Paramount's hit run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat earlier this season.

Presentations on the order of Route 66 and Joseph have marked the year-long celebration of the 1888-seat venue’s 80th anniversary season. The complex has staged 4 Broadway musicals along with a lineup of family-friendly entertainment, comedians, incredible tribute bands and a new Classic Movie Mondays series.

Located in the heart of downtown Aurora, the Paramount has been named "One of Chicago's Top 10 Attended Theatres" by the League of Chicago Theatres. The painstakingly refurbished Art Deco beauty is renowned for its period splendor and superb acoustics.

The Theatre continues to expand its artistic aspirations and reputation under the guidance of Executive Director Tim Rater, Artistic Director Jim Corti, a dedicated Board of Trustees and a devoted staff of live theater professionals, as well as support from The Paramount Arts Centre Endowment, American Airlines, the hometown Beacon News/Sun Publications and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information, visit the Paramount Theatre online.

  • Paramount Box Office: (630) 896-6666
  • Paramount Theatre: 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL
  • Copley Theatre: 8 E. Galena Blvd.

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