Riverdance, the internationally-acclaimed, fleet of feet Irish dance phenom of toe-tapping men and women, will dominate the Paramount Theatre stage in downtown Aurora March 31-April 2 for a full weekend of nothing but Irish dance and music celebrating two decades of reels, jigs and just downright spectacular performances.
The Washington Times put it best: "Riverdance is quite simply incredible...a phenomenon of historic proportions."
Whether you've seen Riverdance before or only heard about their high-energy live shows, you'll want to see Riverdance: 20 Years. Let's just say their 20th anniversary tour gives the phrase "the luck of the Irish" a whole new meaning.
Join the 25 million people worldwide who have witnessed history in the making. The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora, is the ideal setting for the wonder, the splendor and the joy that is Riverdance.
There are five shows only: Friday, March 31at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $60.
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.
More about Riverdance: 20 Years
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance: 20 Years. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theater and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
The Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe are world-class Irish dancers. They hail mostly from Ireland, but also from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Between them, the dancers can boast hundreds of championships won in Ireland and abroad. Most started dancing at three or four years of age at local dance schools and progressed to world championship level before being chosen to perform in Riverdance. The dancers would have known and competed against each other at various competitions, including the World Championships. Riverdance has given them the opportunity to perform together for the first time in a non-competitive way. The grace and eloquence of their soft-shoe dance and the power and precision of their hard-shoe routines clearly display the endless hours of practice and their dedication to the art of Irish Dance.
Since Riverdance began in Dublin in 1995, the show has played 11,000 performances, and been seen live by more than 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide throughout 46 countries across six continents. The company has traveled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back) and played to a global television audience of three billion people. They have sold more than three million copies of their Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdancevideos and DVDs. Riverdance holds the Guinness World Record for the "Longest Riverdance Line" in which 1,693 people took part all over the world.
Riverdance: 20 Years is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit riverdance.com.
Riverdance: 20 Years at the Paramount is sponsored by Nicor Gas.
More about Paramount's 2016-17 Season
Paramount's 2016-17 season is anchored by its acclaimed Broadway musical series, including Sweeney Todd, Feb. 8-Mar. 19, and Jesus Christ Superstar,
Apr. 19-May 28.
In addition, Paramount's 2016-17 season includes Home Free (Mar. 24), Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux (Mar. 25), Golden Dragon Acrobats (Mar. 26), Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel (Jun. 10, two shows) and Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was... (Jun. 11).
Back in 2016-17 is the Classic Movie Monday series, presenting everyone's favorite flicks on a two-story screen for just $1. Paramount also serves the community with low-cost children's shows designed to entertain while they educate: Miss Nelson is Missing (Mar. 22) and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Mar. 23).
For subscriptions, single tickets or more information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre,
23 E. Galena Blvd. in Aurora.
About The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre (ParamountAurora.com) is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in Aurora, the second largest city in Illinois. Named "One of Chicago's Top 10 Attended Theatres" by the League of Chicago Theatres, the 1,888-seat Paramount, located in downtown Aurora at
23 E. Galena Blvd., is nationally recognized for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty.
The Paramount opened on September 3, 1931. Designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, the theater captures a unique Venetian setting portrayed in the art deco influence of the 1930s. The first air-conditioned building outside of Chicago, the Paramount offered the public a variety of entertainment, including "talking pictures," vaudeville, concerts and circus performances for more than 40 years.
In 1976, Aurora Civic Center Authority purchased the Paramount and closed the theater for restoration. The $1.5 million project restored the Paramount to its original grandeur. On April 29, 1978, the Paramount Arts Center opened, offering a variety of theatrical, musical, comedy, dance and family programming. In 2006, a 12,000-square-foot, two-story Grand Gallery lobby was added, with a new, state-of-the-art box office, café and art gallery.
Today, the Paramount self-produces its own Broadway Musical Series, presents an eclectic array of comedy, music, dance and family shows, and on most Mondays, screens a classic movie.
The Paramount Theatre is one of three live performance venues programmed and managed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA). ACCA 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.
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.
For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com or call