AURORA - The Paramount Theatre starting this fall will expand the number of performances in its popular Broadway musical series, officials said in announcing the theater's 2016-17 Broadway series.
"Mamma Mia!" (Sept. 7 - Oct. 30), "The Little Mermaid" (Nov. 23, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017), "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (Feb. 8 - March 19, 2017) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (April 19 - May 28, 2017) will comprise the 2016-2017 season.
"To keep up with demand, we've expanded the number of weeks in each run and the number of performances next season," said Tim Rater, president and CEO of Paramount Theatre, in a press release. "For context, last year we presented 22 weeks of Broadway shows, for a total of 180 performances. In 2016-17, we will present 27 weeks of Broadway shows and 220 performances."
Artistic Director Jim Corti - director of Paramount's current smash hit "West Side Story," winner of the 2015 Jeff Award for Best Director and Best Musical for "Les Misérables," and the only Chicago theater artist to win Jeff Awards for directing, choreography and acting - will stage Paramount's ABBA-infused season opener "Mamma Mia!" and "Sweeney Todd."
Amber Mak, who staged Paramount's 2016 hit "Hairspray - The Broadway Musical" and is the theater's newly tapped New Works Development Director, will direct and choreograph Disney's "The Little Mermaid."
Making his Paramount debut for the season finale "Jesus Christ Superstar" is director Ron Kellum, a director and producer with experience ranging from major sporting event half-time shows, to film, TV and theater including "Chicago," "The Color Purple," "Dreamgirls," "Once On this Island," "Ain't Misbehavin' '' and "Smokey Joe's Cafe."
For more information, visit ParamountAurora.com, call 630-896-6666 or visit the Paramount Theatre box office, 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora.