Paramount announces new season lineup
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | June 07,2013
Chick Corea, David Sedaris and a parody of “The Hunger Games” all feature in the Paramount Theatre’s 2013-14 season.
Drama, comedy, classical and popular music were all represented as the theater unveiled its schedule Thursday night.
Musical acts include Bela Fleck’s Banjo Summit, Clint Black and Jim Brickman. Paramount Executive Director Bruce Bouchard said he was particularly excited about the Oct. 15 joint performance by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.
“I think John Hiatt is a great, great American playwright and poet and he sings every single song from the center of his being,” he said. “Can you imagine pairing him with Lyle Lovett?”
Scheduled for Nov. 17 is Get the Led Out, billed as “The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience.”
“This is not a Led Zeppelin cover band, this is the Led Zeppelin tribute band,” Bouchard said. “Led Zeppelin signed off on one band doing their material.”
Only two of four planned classical concerts were announced Monday — 23-year-old Russian violinist Aleksey Semenenko and the Boston-based Borromeo String Quartet.
Another evening Bouchard said he was personally looking forward to is the Nov. 22 appearance by Sedaris.
“He does an evening of being a humorist, how he comes to his material,” he said.
Bouchard said Ira Glass, host of NPR’s “This American Life,” operates in a similar vein.
“He’s a storyteller,” Bouchard said. “He’s going to be telling stories about his time pulling these pieces together, obstacles he encountered, dust-ups that occurred.”
Another NPR personality, “Prairie Home Companion’s” Garrison Keillor, appears Jan. 16.
A more local personality, Rusty DeWees, brings the Logger to town for a holiday special at the end of November.
Nationally known stand-up comedians swinging through Rutland this season include Drew Carey, Paula Poundstone, Ralphie May and Brian Regan. The Irish Comedy Tour also returns.
Bouchard said Irish-themed shows always seem to sell well, so the Chieftains and “Ireland: the Show” are both scheduled for March. Bouchard described the latter as a Riverdance-like performance with a live band and an emphasis on clog dancing.
Three Broadway touring companies are on the roster. “The Addams Family” creeps onstage in February while “Man of La Mancha” dreams the impossible dream in March. “Hair” returns to the Paramount in May.
The Middlebury Actors Workshop also contributes to the drama lineup, with performances of “God of Carnage” in July and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in October.
“Stomp,” “The Nutcracker” and “Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion” round out the schedule.
The city recently agreed to fund the purchase of $75,000 of equipment allowing the Paramount to show live HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera — and upgrading the image and sound quality for the theater’s film series. Bouchard said the Met broadcast schedule will probably be announced in September, but offered a taste of what it would be like with some borrowed equipment and recording from “Avatar” and a live broadcast of “Aida,” drawing appreciative “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd.
Rutland Herald arts editor James Lowe, who made a short speech at the unveiling, said the view of the opera at the Met was not as good as what had appeared on the screen.
“On the other hand, watching Avatar up there made me realize I don’t want to see ‘Psycho’ on this,” he said.