Kevin Costner and his band coming to St. Charles
In addition, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora announces William Shatner
Two A-list celebrities will bring their talents to the Fox Valley in two different performances set to take place at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West, will play the Arcada Theatre on July 14. Tickets will range from $69 to $175 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at www.oshows.com.
In addition, William Shatner will perform his one-man Broadway show at the Paramount on Jan. 4.
A two-time Academy Award-winning actor and director for “Dancing with Wolves,” Costner will hit the stage doing his second love with the band he formed in 2005 at the urging of his wife. The show will feature original material as well as cover songs.
“You only get 52 Saturdays a year, and so for me to get Kevin Costner on a Saturday, an A-lister, is a home run,” said Ron Onesti, president and CEO of the Arcada Theatre. “It’s an incredible career moment for me personally because it’s a unique presentation I’m able to bring to supporters of the theater. To get a Hollywood A-lister in a small town like St. Charles, it just doesn’t happen. We’re continuously striving to break the mold of the basic small-community theater model.”
Onesti said Thursday morning that he tried to get Costner and his band to perform at the St. Charles theater for about three years.
“With the current publicity the theater has been getting, it just all came together,” Onesti said. “Everything fit perfectly.”
Joan Rivers recently taped a Showtime TV special at the theater, and a full-page photo taken from the show is featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Foreigner taped a concert special at the theater in 2011, and it airs periodically on the Palladia music channel.
“We’ve been working really hard over the years,” Onesti said. “Every year has been greater than the last. We’re more out there and getting more national exposure.”
Kevin Costner and Modern West perform a country-rock music blend and have released two albums – “Untold Truths” in 2008 and “Turn It On” in 2010.
The history of the band dates back 20 years when Costner met John Coinman in a downtown Los Angeles warehouse during an acting workshop. Coinman was a musician with an interest in acting, and Costner was an actor with an interest in music.
They became friends and began to play and write music together along with another friend, Blair Forward.
That collaboration turned into the band Roving Rock, where they had a small record deal and a No. 1 single in Japan.
After Costner became a major celebrity, the band took a back seat – the trio did still perform as often as possible. Eventually moving to Tuscon, Ariz., Costner and Coinman met with guitarist and producer Teddy Morgan and drummer Larry Cobb. Together, they make up the band now known as Modern West.
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Also announced Thursday, the one-man Broadway stage show starring William Shatner, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It,” will come to the Paramount Theatre on Jan. 4.
Shatner will share his journey from his childhood days in Montreal to the big screen and TV roles. The show is filled with personal photos and videos.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Tim Rater, executive director of the Paramount Theatre. “It’s one of those special shows that you won’t see year after year after year.”
Tickets will go on sale to the general public June 11 and range from $65 to $85.
Current Broadway show subscribers and renewing general season subscribers can reserve seats today by calling the box office at 630-896-6666.
“We value our subscribers, and part of the reason folks do subscribe is for shows like this,” Rater said.
“They appreciate having the opportunity to have access to these artists and get first dibs on these tickets.”
The evening is expected to sell out, but the theater and Shatner do not have any plans to add a second show if the first one sells out quickly, Rater said.
“The stars aligned,” Rater said. “We were able to find a time to have him at the Paramount, and we’re very excited to be able to present the show.”