Northwest NEWS

May 14, 2001


Beloved classics and new productions set for Paramount's 2001-2002 season

by Deborah Stone
   The stage is set for another season of Broadway musicals at The Paramount Theatre. The 2001-2002 Broadway at The Paramount series features the 2000 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, "Contact"; a new production of "Fiddler on the Roof," starring well-known actor Theodore Bikel; the musical-comedy debut of legendary Ann-Margret in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"; the cult hit "The Rocky Horror Show"; Meredith Willson's "The Music Man"; and a brand new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's beloved classic musical "South Pacific."
   Last year "Contact" won every major award and was the hit of New York. The show consists of three stories, each about people in pursuit of love, told through music and dance. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and written by John Weidman, the musical is inspired by a chance sighting at an after-hours dance club, when Stroman witnessed a beautiful woman in a yellow dress. The woman would step up to the dance floor each time a song was beginning to silently nod or shake her head in response to various men who yearned to be her partner. That image became the focus of the musical.
   "Fiddler on the Roof" follows "Contact" with the return of Theodore Bikel as the quintessential Tevye, one of the most cherished characters in musical history. This show with its inspiring message about the power of the human spirit has been a favorite of audiences worldwide since 1964 when it first opened on Broadway.
   Ann Margret as the madam, Miss Mona, takes to the stage in the rousing musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Based on the amazing, true story of the brothel known as the "Chicken Ranch" in La Grange, Texas, this all-new production is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award-winner Thommie Walsh.
   Devotees of "The Rocky Horror Show" will be thrilled with the return of this cult phenomenon, set for May of 2002. The bizarre adventures of the square pair, Brad and Janet, as they meet the outrageous characters of Transylvania, is one wild ride audiences won't want to miss!
   The season concludes with two musical classics, "The Music Man" and "South Pacific," both featuring enduring songs, new staging and choreography. For ticket information, call 888-451-4042.