Cats, Mary Poppins, The Who's Tommy and Les Miserables to Play Illinois' Paramount Theatre

By Carey Purcell
March 3, 2014

The Paramount Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2014-15 musical season.



The theatre, located in Aurora, IL, will feature the Tony Award-winning musical Cats, which was one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway. The season will follow with Mary Poppins, the musical adaptation of P.L. Travers' story about a beloved nanny.

The season will continue with the rock musical The Who's Tommy and the award-winning musical Les Miserables. 

"To behold the stunning scene of the Paramount full of applause with the orchestra swelling and cheers soaring up to its Art Deco rafters is an experience unlike any other in any season anywhere," artistic director Jim Corti said in a statement.

The season-at-a-glance follows (ratings system is provided by Paramount):

Cats
Sept. 10-Oct. 12
Press opening: Sept. 13, 8 PM
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot
Orchestration by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Shawn Stengel
Rated G

"Prepare to be immersed into a world like no other — the world of Jellicle Cats. It's the most sacred night of the year for this tribe of felines as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they're worthy enough to be 'the one' selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious Heavy Side Layer."

Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins
Nov. 26-Jan. 4, 2015
Press opening: Nov. 30, 5:30 PM
A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Rachel Rockwell
Rated G

"Mary Poppins is the kind of show that has the Paramount creative team's collective imagination already soaring. There's room for huge sets that tower above the audience. Enormous dance numbers on the ground and the rooftops. Statues coming to life, giant orchestrations for such iconic songs as 'Spoon Full of Sugar,' 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' and 'Chim Chim Cher-ee.' And of course, a few Mary Poppins magical moments that will leave you flying high. Celebrate the holidays with the ones you love at Paramount's Mary Poppins."

The Who's Tommy
Jan. 14-Feb. 15
Press opening: January 17, 8 PM
Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Directed by Jim Corti
Rated PG-13

"Set in the 1940s, Tommy is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother's lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. The trauma sends Tommy into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes pinball and his wizardry with the flippers propels him into the national spotlight."

Les Miserables
March 18-April 26
Press opening: March 21, 8 PM
A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Additional material by Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Orchestrations by John Cameron
Directed by Jim Corti, Paramount Artistic Director
Rated PG

"This monumental novel comes to life in one of the greatest musicals of all time. It's the story of an ex-convict, Jean Valjean, and his journey for redemption. On that road, he encounters the unwavering love of a mother, the innocence of a child, the steely determination of a hunter and the passion of youthful freedom fighters."

Single tickets to Paramount's 2014-15 Broadway Series go on sale June 16.

To renew, purchase pre-sale subscriptions or purchase single tickets, visit ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666 or visit the Paramount box office, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL.