- $30–$37 for one ticket to see Cats (up to $51–$63 value)
- When: October 8–12
- Where: The Paramount Theatre
- Seating: best available, call 630-896-6666 to reserve
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees, and depend on the showtime
One of the longest-running musicals in the history of Broadway and the West End, Cats brings the whimsical feline poetry of T. S. Eliot into vivid focus under the creative wand of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The production sets the rafters a-ringing with lessons on mischief and redemption from Old Deuteronomy, Rum Tum Tugger, and their scores of Jellicle brethren. Webber’s original score sweeps audiences into Eliot’s eclectically ramshackle reality, with stage-bound tunesmiths belting out standards—including the oft-covered “Memory” and the heartbreaking aria “I Hate Mondays, Odie.”
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.