Written by Jack McCarthy
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00
Aurora has traditions for everything. The newest is enjoying critically acclaimed, smash hit, "Better than Broadway" musicals in the beautiful 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre in the heart of the city's growing downtown business district.
Next, the Paramount wraps only the second season of self-produced Broadway musical series, already playing to nearly 20,000 subscribers, with the all-time family classic, Fiddler on the Roof.
Nominated for 10 Tony awards, and winner of nine, Fiddler on the Roof is a musical journey of love, loss, faith and family, and ultimately, a celebration of life and all its challenges. It features rich orchestrations and beautiful score to the powerful production numbers and emotionally charged story.
The unmistakable image of a Fiddler on the Roof is a metaphor for balancing life, for survival and for tradition. Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, this is the story of Tevye, a simple and loving milkman, who does everything he can to maintain his family and their religious traditions.
With five strong-willed daughters, a loyal yet independent wife and an ever-changing society, the safety and stability of his old world is disappearing.
Based on the book Tevye and his Daughters by Sholem Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof boasts a song list with some of the most popular titles in musical theater including: "Tradition"; "If I Were a Rich Man"; "Far From the Home I Love"; "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"; and "Sunrise, Sunset".
Nobody needs to be a rich man to see Fiddler on the Roof. Single tickets are only $34.90 to $46.90.
Performance times, March 6-24, 2013, are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Go to ParamountAurora.com for tickets and information, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours prior to evening performances.
Continuing the tradition started in Fall 2011 with My Fair Lady, and most recently, critically acclaimed consecutive productions of Annie and The Music Man, the Paramount's reimagined production of Fiddler on the Roof will likewise boast an A-list cast of actors/dancers/singers, eye-popping production values, and will be crafted by Chicago's top theater professionals.
At the directorial helm for Paramount's 2012-13 season finale is Artistic Director Jim Corti, who launched and oversees the theater's Broadway Series.
"The responsibility that comes with staging this magnificent work is one our stellar cast and design team take to heart and soul," he said. "It's our privilege to tell this story, sing and dance these cherished melodies and bring our audience the experience that is librettist Joseph Stein's, lyricist Sheldon Harnick's, and composer Jerry Bock's American musical masterpiece."
Corti was hired in 2011 to be the first-ever Artistic Director in the Paramount's 80-plus year history.
He was instrumental in launching Paramount's inaugural Broadway Series, and directed and choreographed Paramount's very first self-produced Broadway show, My Fair Lady, which played to rave reviews.
A seasoned veteran to Broadway productions, Corti has appeared in the New York casts of Ragtime, A Chorus Line and Candide. He has also appeared in the national tours of Urinetown, Cabaret and Bob Fosse's Dancin'.
Highlights from his body of work over three decades include: being the only director in Chicago to have two productions at the same time in the Chicago Tribune's list of 10 Best Shows in 2009 - Drury Lane's Cabaret and Writers' Theatre's Oh, Coward! He is the sole honoree to have garnered a Jeff Award as an actor (in Marriott's Grand Hotel), a choreographer (Drury Lane's Singin' In The Rain) and director (Northlight's Blues In The Night and Drury Lane's Sweet Charity).
Other Chicago credits include choreographing The Original Grease, directing The Lost Boys of Sudan and The Snow Queen and Meet Me In St. Louis and The Full Monty.
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