“Grease” Kicks Off Paramount Theatre’s 2012-2013 Broadway Series

AURORA – From poodle skirts and slicked back hair, to fast cars and a faster life style, Grease isn’t just the word.  Grease is the show that’ll have audiences dancing in the aisles and singing in their cars for days when it kicks off the second blockbuster Broadway musical series, Sept. 12 – Oct. 7, 2012 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.

The ultimate celebration of the teen years, Grease, book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobsand Warren Casey, strikes a universal chord with its hand-jivin’ mix of schoolhouse rock, adolescent angst and vibrant physicality. Set in the hip 1950s on Chicago’s Northwest side, the whole gang has reported to class: Danny, Sandy, Frenchy, Rizzo, Kenickie and the rest of the student body at Rydell High. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and without question the world’s most famous movie musical, Grease boasts hit after hit:  “Summer Nights,” “Beauty School Drop Out,” “Hand Jive,” “You’re the One that I Want,” and of course “Greased Lightnin’,” along with those big, glorious, action-filled dance numbers.

Just wait until director Michael Unger, music director Michael Keefe and choreographerDana Solimando combine forces with an A-list cast, a crack design team, and theParamount Theatre Orchestra to do what Paramount does best:  inject fresh, new ideas into beloved American musicals like Grease to create a sensational live theatrical experience like you’ve never seen before.

So be there or be square. Grease begins performances Sept. 12. Press opening is Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 pm. Performance times through Oct. 7 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. Exceptions: No performances Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4. Grease is rated PG.

Single tickets are $34.90-$46.90. Better yet, join the nearly 17,000 musical theater fans who have already discovered they can enjoy four awesome musicals for the price of just one show downtown by signing up for Paramount’s Buy Two Shows, Get Two Shows Free2012-13 Broadway subscription series packages, starting at only $69.80. In addition toGrease, upcoming shows in the series include Annie (directed by Rachel Rockwell, Nov. 21-Dec. 30, 2012), The Music Man (directed by Rachel Rockwell, Jan. 16-Feb. 3, 2013) and Fiddler on the Roof (directed by Jim Corti, Mar. 6-24, 2013).

For subscriptions, single tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call the Paramount box office,             (630) 896-6666      , or visit the box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours prior to evening performances.