“It was the best of times, and…“
Always an annual celebration of storytelling, artistic expression and culture, The Paramount and State Theatres once again ready themselves for the upcoming season. This year, however, it will be a tale of two seasons. A fall/winter and then a winter/spring. Two halves, but each still packed with all the amazing performances we’ve grown accustomed to over the years.
As always, you can come to them individually, or you can subscribe to a package (or heck, all of them) for the best selections of seats for the season.
Think of the fall/winter session as Chapter 1, where you will find:
October 15, 2013
Branford Marsalis follows up last year’s successful show with an appearance this year at The Long Center. And this year, he needs the larger stage because his aims are more ambitious. Branford blends the musical worlds of the sacred and the secular with Abyssinian. This gospel celebration features Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and adds a 70-voice gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau, all conducted by Damien Sneed. The Long Center will overfloweth with joy on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8pm.
October 17, 2013
ACS is a trio featuring three of the most significant female artists in contemporary jazz. Featuring Geri Allen on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums and Esperanza Spalding on bass. Last year Esperanza set hearts afire with her solo show, and this year these ladies are sure to push boundaries with their acoustic creations and dazzle us like no other possibly could. Come listen to their sound reverberate throughout the Paramount’s cozy confines on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 8pm.
November 5, 2013
For the past few decades, these guys have remained one of rock’s most engaging storytellers. As faces have changed and music cultures have evolved, these legends keep going like a long train runnin’. They’re taking from the streets (if you will) and to The Paramount stage on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8pm.
November 6, 2013
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin collaborate for an evening of musical enjoyment. Together, they revisit songs from their respective catalogues and also cover some of their personal favorites. These two singer/songwriters bring their charm and amazing voices for a special evening at The Paramount on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8pm.
November 8, 2013
As if Election Day isn’t entertaining enough, here are a few more reasons to smile in early November. The Daily Show Live brings a unique multimedia presentation to the theatre. Featuring the talents of Comedy Central’s own The Daily Show correspondents Al Madrigal and John Hodgman and executive producer/writer, Rory Albanese, this trio will give a peek behind-the-scenes about the program. Showcasing their skill as natural comedians, this Q&A will be presented by some of the men behind the funniest newscast on television today. Or rather, I should say intentionally funny, because while FOX News is hilarious, I get the impression that they take themselves seriously. Come laugh on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8pm.
November 20, 2013
Sarah Vowell is, in many way, a modern historian who helps provides a context to our culture. She is New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history. Sarah offers personal and humorous accounts and musings about the great American quilt’s tapestry of our culture. Also a contributor to This American Life and The Daily Show, she now brings her wit and wisdom to us on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8pm.
November 20-23, 2013
The best in Improvised Comedy: That’s really all you need to know. This tour cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles, and they’re coming here for… well, who knows what. It’ll be funny and likely to bust your gut. Be prepared to laugh and be ready for anything. Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 through Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at various times.
December 6, 2013
Now what the heck could I possibly say to do Bob Newhart justice? The master of deadpan humor, he is a comedic genius who has appeared on television, film and is a best-selling standup comic recording artist. Bob Newhart’s career is the very model of generating laughs for decades, and he continues to sell out venues all over the nation. Get into this show before it also sells out. Newhart appears at The Paramount on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8pm.
December 11, 2013
Every year we get drawn back like a moth to a flame. It’s storytelling. Pure and simple. Engaging, enlightening, and moving like no other, The Moth is back for another set of narratives to grab our attention. This raconteur delight happens again on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8pm.
December 17, 2013
Alas, America’s spirit of space exploration is on fumes. Weep not for the future, though. If the renown Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has anything to do with it, we will continue to explore the meaning of the cosmos for decades to come and keep reaching for the stars. Neil is an academic beast, earning eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. A fixture in scientific circles for his down-to-earth persona, he breaks apart astrophysics for mass consumption with his signature humor. Live, listen and learn could well be his credo. One thing is certain, he is riveting to infinity and beyond. Come have a listen with Tyson at The Paramount on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8pm.
December 19, 2013
American songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman hosts a holiday celebration warmer than your yule log. Join Brickman and his special guest performers presents a blend of music, entertainment and joy. Put down your egg nog, grab your loved ones, and come down to The Paramount on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8pm.
January 16, 2014
An entertainer in every sense of the word, Ann Hampton Callaway is an accomplished singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator and producer. At home in concert halls and jazz cabarets, she can reinterpret classics in fresh new ways. Inside The Stateside at The Paramount, Callaway will celebrate Barbara Streisand’s career. From Barbara’s Broadway show tunes to her film works, to pop favorites and more, Callaway will perform Streisand like only she can on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7pm and 9:30 pm.
January 19, 2014
Two years ago, banjo maestro Béla Fleck and his Flecktones performed a raucous and amazing show at The Paramount. This season, Fleck returns and brings pianist Chick Corea. Both are gifted at musical improvisation, and this duet event will likely be the most impressive and adventurous musical journey you will experience in quite some time. Join them for a night of jazz, bluegrass, classical and any thing else that comes out of their heads on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8pm.
January 22, 2014
Ray Price possesses one of the most signature baritones in country music, and has been crooning hits since the early 1950s. Now in his eighties, Price still is going strong and hits the road for a number of shows every year. This year, The Paramount hosts one of these special stops for this long-time staple of country music. Join us on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8pm.
January 23, 2014
A former United States Poet Laureate, Billy Collins is an American icon. Critically acclaimed and popular in appeal, he has become the most accomplished poet in the U.S. since Robert Frost. Currently the Poetry Consultant for Smithsonian Magazine, his public readings are always an event to remember. Come share in a new memory at The Paramount on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8pm.
January 30, 2014
Hal Holbrook is another living legend of American theater. It should be no real surprise that someone of his stature portrays this American literary giant Mark Twain. But what makes Holbrook even more remarkable is that he created this one-man show nearly six decades ago in a small off-Broadway theatre. Many years and venues later, Holbrook returns to The Paramount as Samuel Clemens’ alter ego. The man portrayed by a legend appears on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8pm.
It’s going to be the best of times, and … well… Yeah it’s just pretty great. No bad times to be found here.
Don’t miss a single show, or else it may well be the worst of times, indeed.
What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! I’ll see you there.