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Pleasures deferred as Paramount Theatre reschedules shows

Comedian Jay Leno's appearance has been rescheduled from April 17 to Oct. 30 at the Paramount Theatre.
Comedian Jay Leno's appearance has been rescheduled from April 17 to Oct. 30 at the Paramount Theatre.

Quoting Tom Petty famously singing, “The waiting is the hardest part,” the Paramount in Aurora announced the theater and its school of the arts have been busy rescheduling upcoming events ranging from Jay Leno to Straight No Chaser to give audiences something to look forward to this year.

The intervening interval will be longest for the musical "Kinky Boots," which was to cap the Broadway Series this spring, a news release stated. The new production dates are June 30 to Aug. 15, 2021. Subscribers can exchange or purchase additional "Kinky Boots" tickets starting Aug. 3. Anyone who cannot attend any of next year's performances is asked to contact the box office by June 7, 2020, to receive a credit. 

New Broadway season

The 2020-21 Broadway Series – "Rock of Ages," "Cinderella," "Groundhog Day" and "Ragtime" – remains scheduled as planned. The pre-order deadline has been extended to June 7. People who become a four-show subscriber also receive 50% off tickets to "Kinky Boots."

Bold Series

The inaugural season of the Bold Series of year-round plays at the nearby Copley Theatre has been postponed until the 2021-22 season.

'The Secret of My Success'

The box office has issued credits to all ticket holders for the canceled performances of "The Secret of My Success," the critically acclaimed world premiere musical whose run was cut short.

Rescheduled shows

Paramount has put on sale the following rescheduled dates: 

• Killer Queen switched from April 3 to 8 p.m. July 5

• Frank Caliendo moved from April 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14

• Straight No Chaser matinee on April 5 rescheduled to 8 p.m. July 24, second show to be determined

• Jay Leno postponed from April 17 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30

If one has purchased a ticket to any of the above shows, the ticket automatically will transfer to the new date, and one will receive an email with additional information.

• Stomp and the second performance of Straight No Chaser still are being rescheduled.

• The series of Classic Movie Mondays is postponed for now.

Paramount School of the Arts

Spring classes have been canceled, but registration is underway for summer camps. One can register by April 4 to save 20% on all eligible camps. Spring class credit can be applied. The staff will answer questions via email at; or leave a message at 630-896-6810 for a return call.

A remote box office phone line is available at 630-896-6666 during the limited hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Associates are monitoring email, and people are asked to preferably direct any questions to One can purchase tickets or gift cards online at any time.

Up-to-date information also will be posted at

"We’re deeply gratified by patrons’ many calls and emails asking how they can help support Paramount Theatre during this time," the release stated. "The best way to support our nonprofit theater is to make a donation if you are in a position to do so – because contributions allow us to flexibly meet the theater’s many emerging needs during this time."

The staff notes that pre-ordering a subscription also is invaluable, and one can show support by purchasing a gift card .

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