Tony Winner Kristin Chenoweth to Perform at the Paramount This Fall
No matter if she's a good witch on Broadway, a sassy press secretary on TV or a show-stopping singer on stage, Tony- and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth is always absolutely mesmerizing.
Musical theater lovers know Chenoweth hits it out of the park with everything she does, and she's bringing that same level of charm, spunk, grace and all-around excellence to west suburban Chicago's Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, one-night-only, Saturday, November 4 at 8 p.m.
If you love basking in the glow of incredible talent, you need to see An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth. Tickets, $75 and $85, are going fast. To purchase, visit ParamountAurora.com, call the box office at (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
From her southern roots singing in church, Chenoweth grew up to be a powerhouse singer, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and author, whose career spans film, TV, voiceover and stage. In 2015, she received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Pushing Daisies. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People's Choice Award for her role on Glee. In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid and comedic chronicle of her life so far, "A Little Bit Wicked," which debuted on The New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.
In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award andBroadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in Roundabout Theatre's On the Twentieth Century. She also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home. Notable TV roles include appearances in The West Wing, Disney's Descendants and most recently The Muppets. In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2 and Fifi, Snoopy's beloved French poodle in The Peanuts Movie. She starred in the indie teen drama entitledHard Sell and additional film credits have included The Boy Next Door, Deck the Halls,Twelve Men of Christmas, Four Christmases, RV, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Hit & Runand Family Weekend. Chenoweth starred last spring in NBC's Hairspray Live! as Velma Von Tussle. She is also lending her voices to some animated films such as Lionsgate/Hasbro'sMy Little Pony: The Movie, set for release this October and the family holiday film The Starin November 2017. Additionally, Chenoweth has reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller in his series American Gods in the role of Easter now airing on Starz.
Last year, Chenoweth released The Art of Elegance, her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records, debuting at #1 on Billboard's Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon's Vocal Pop chart. She also returned to the stage in her limited engagement My Love Letter to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews.
She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Master's degree in Opera Performance. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth's accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming "The KristinChenoweth Theatre" in 2012. Chenoweth is also a passionate supporter of charities which dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need. She is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. For more, visit kristinchenoweth.com.
Kristin Chenoweth is just one of many nationally known artists performing on Paramount's beautiful, 1,888-seat stage this season. Tickets are also on sale for Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl (November 3), Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole featuring Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus in Paramount's 2017 smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar, November 5), comedian and impersonator Frank Caliendo (November 10), The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show (December 1-23 in the Copley Theatre), Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular: The Birthday Edition (January 11), Las Vegas's #1 ventriloquist Terry Fator (January 20), the incredible magic of Penn & Teller (March 23), country music star Scotty McCreery (March 25), Chicago's own Jersey boys Under the Streetlamp (two shows, March 24), Shen Yun 2018 (April 5-8), late night comedy legend Jay Leno (April 13), Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine featuring Angela Ingersoll (June 10) and the world's #1 Bee Gees tribute band Stayin' Alive (June 15).
These special nights are in addition to Paramount's 2017-18 Broadway Series: Million Dollar Quartet (September 13-October 29), Elf: The Musical (November 22-January 7),Cabaret (February 7-March 18) and Once (April 25-June 3). More than 33,000 subscribers are taking advantage of Paramount's "Buy Two, Get Two" offer, with four-play packages starting as low as $72.
For tickets, subscriptions and more information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
The Paramount Theatre (ParamountAurora.com), 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. The 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic beauty and superb acoustics.
Designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the Paramount Theatre is graced with a beautiful Venetian decor and a strong 1930s Art Deco influence. The Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. It was the first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, and presented "talking pictures," vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for over 40 years.
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 radically 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 two consecutive seasons. Today, more than 33,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Paramount's Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices, making the Paramount the third largest subscription house in the nation.
In addition to its blockbuster Broadway Musical 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 Theatre 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 directly 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.
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.