Updated on March 25: Congrats to Jen Pfeiffer, who said she’d love to see “Wicked” performed at the Paramount. (Me too, Jen!) She’ll be getting two tickets to see “West Side Story” at the Paramount. Look for the theater to announce its 2016-17 lineup on March 28. Thanks to everyone who commented and thanks to the Paramount for making this giveaway possible!
Some consider “West Side Story” to be the greatest love story ever told in a musical. It certainly has some of the most memorable music — gorgeous ballads like “Maria” and “Somewhere,” uptempo dance tunes like “America” and the comic “Gee Officer Krupke.”
Now you have a chance to hear that gorgeous music live — at the Paramount Theatre’s production of “West Side Story,” opening March 16 and running through April 24. One lucky Go West reader will even win two tickets to see a “West Side Story” performance of his or her choice! I will tell you how to enter the giveaway in a moment, but first a bit about this show.
“West Side Story” is based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” but set in a neighborhood in New York City where two gangs, one white, one Puerto Rican, battle over turf. The original Broadway musical, which opened in 1957, featured music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and choreography by Jerome Robbins. A film adaptation a few years later won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. This production will close out the 2015-16 Broadway Series for the Paramount, which also featured “Oklahoma!” “Hairspray” and “A Christmas Story.”
Tickets for “West Side Story” range from $41 to $56 and can be purchased via ParamountAurora.com, by calling 630-896-6666 or by visiting the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and two hours prior to evening performances. “West Side Story,” is rated PG, and parental guidance is suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children, but this classic musical — so focused on the suddenness and romance of young love — would likely be a hit with teenagers.
There will be one winner of this Go West Giveaway, and the winner will receive two tickets to a show of her choice, a value of at least $82.
The giveaway starts now and ends Tuesday, March 22, at noon Central time.
1. To enter, you just have to answer the following question in the comment section below: The Paramount Theatre will announce its 2016-17 season on March 28, so …. what musical would you most like to see the Paramount present?
2. For a 2nd entry, you can share news of this giveaway on a social media outlet of your choice. Just come back here and let us know where you shared it in a separate comment from your first, and earn your 2nd entry. Again, please leave your email.
Here’s the fine print: No purchase necessary. Offer subject to availability. Offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. There is a maximum of two entries per person. Tickets are not transferable. Contest will end at noon Central time on Tuesday, March 22. Winner will be picked at random by random.org. If the winner does not respond to an email alerting them by noon on Thursday, March 24, Go West Young Mom has the right to choose another winner via random.org. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. Tickets will be picked up at Paramount Theatre’s will-call window. Prize is valued at $82.
Remember, just answer the question in the comment section below and leave your email so we can let you know if you win: What musical would you like to see performed at the Paramount Theatre for the 2016-17 season?
Thank you to the Paramount for making this giveaway possible, and good luck!