Paramount Theatre to offer expanded 2013–14 season
The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will open its third season of self-produced musicals this fall with the first Chicago-area professional production of In the Heights, with Rachel Rockwell at the helm. Rockwell will also direct 42nd Street, while Paramount artistic director Jim Corti stages productions of Miss Saigon and Rent.
The 1,888-seat Paramount will increase the length of its runs in the new season from three weeks to four, to accomodate a growing subscriber base that the theater say is nearing 20,000. Rockwell's production of In the Heights, the 2008 Tony winner by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, will run September 11–October 6, followed by Corti's revival of Miss Saigon, October 30–November 24.
The tap-dancing, old-Broadway nostalgia of 42nd Street opens the new year, running January 15–February 9. Corti's production of Jonathan Larson's Gen X fave Rent closes the season, March 12–April 6. New subscriptions go on sale June 3 at ParamountAurora.com.