Blast From the Past: Lewis Black

Raging comedian Lewis Black has brought roaring laughter to The Paramount’s auditorium on numerous occasions, the first of which was in 2011. In fact, Central Virginians were so excited to experience Mr. Black’s cynicism, The Paramount had to add a second show!

Lewis Black most recently raged on our stage just a couple months ago as part of his It Gets Better Every Day Tour. Decked out in a purple suit, he ranted to a full house about politics, various cultural trends, and instant gratification – though he did profess his love for 2-day free shipping.

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Christmas with Elvis ft. Big Ray and the Kool Kats

No strangers to The Paramount’s stage, the “Best Elvis in Vegas” Matt Lewis and Charlottesville’s own Big Ray and the Kool Kats brought the house down at their Christmas show this past December. All eyes were glued to the King as he performed fan-favorites such as “Burning Love,” “Always On My Mind,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Audience members spent the night “shake, rattle, and rolling” in their seats as Matt Lewis worked the stage with all of the famous Elvis dance moves and, of course, three costume changes. The show concluded with women rushing to the stage as the King handed out his scarves with a touch of sweat to all of the eager ladies. After the performance, Matt took to the lobby where he did a meet-and-greet with hundreds of fans, graciously taking photos with every fan who wanted one.

Before the show last winter, we did an interview with Matt Lewis and Big Ray, where we learned that Matt has been impersonating Elvis since the age of 12, and the Kool Kats can literally play thousands of songs. To read the full interview, click here.

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Wynonna Judd

A real treat for country fans, Wynonna Judd first performed at The Paramount in 2007. She returned to the stage in 2013 for her holiday tour, which is a fond memory for Paramount Volunteer Judy Schultz.

“I took my daughter to see Wynonna Judd in 2013,” Judy shared. “There was an opening act and then intermission. We waited and waited and finally she came on stage and did a great job. I found out later from Jason King, the House Manager, that Wynonna was really sick, and he was afraid that she was not going to be able to do the show. She was a real trooper…the show must go on!”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Paramount Crossword #4

Have you been following our daily #BlastFromThePast posts? Then this crossword should be a piece of cake! Enjoy our Blast From the Past pop quiz. How fast can you complete it?

Click here to play. If you’re a fan of the more traditional way to play crosswords, you can also print it out. Good luck!

Blast From the Past: Whose Live Anyway?

The Paramount audience got a real treat when the stars of the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? took to the stage for their live show: Whose Live Anyway? The Paramount’s Front of House Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, Cade Wiberg, shared his memories of the experience:

“The Whose Live Anyway? performance was such a surreal experience,” Cade said. “I watched the TV show every Friday night when I was a kid; it shaped the way I view live comedy to this day. I saw them tour during my freshman year at JMU, and it was the most I had ever laughed at that point in my life. When I saw they were performing at The Paramount, I KNEW I had to buy tickets. My friend and I attended the Founders Lounge Reception before the event and enjoyed complimentary drinks and snacks. Our seats ended up being much better than expected – I think we ended up being about 6 rows from the front. The place was PACKED. The incredible improvisers took the stage: Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Joel Murray, and last minute replacement sketch comedy icon Dave Foley teleported me back to my youth when I first saw them all on TV. They played tons of great improv games, had a lot of audience participation, and everyone was very involved in the show. Definitely an unforgettable night at The Paramount Theater!”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Denyce Graves

Two days after Tony Bennett gave the first public performance following the completion of The Paramount’s renovation, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves performed at the Theater’s grand reopening in 2004. The evening was a well-deserved, jubilant celebration more than two decades in the making after the Theater was purchased and saved from demolition by Charlottesville citizens in 1992.

The Paramount’s Education & Outreach Manager, Cathy von Storch, shared with us a special gift she received from Jeff Suling upon his retirement as Fine & Performing Arts Coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools. This beautiful ink drawing of The Paramount, titled “The Grand Re-Opening,” features Denyce Graves’ name up in lights on the marquee. Mr. Suling’s drawing won “Best In Show” in the 2012 C2D Art Show sponsored by ArtInPlace, the theme of which was “250 Years of Charlottesville – in honor of the full life of our town, past, present, and future.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photo by Bruce R. Pfeifer

Blast From the Past: Gladys Knight

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight wowed a sold-out audience when she performed at The Paramount last fall. Perhaps not quite as popular as Ms. Knight – but most certainly a hit – was our specialty drink, aptly named “Midnight Train To Georgia,” which sold out that night. Two Paramount volunteers, Delores Herring and Elaine Chapman, reflected on Ms. Knight’s unforgettable performance.

“Seeing Gladys Knight was a dream come true for me!” Delores said. “She looked terrific and her voice was as strong and as beautiful as ever. I will always remember this wonderful evening!”

“Truly, Gladys Knight was the best, given the full audience and their responses!” Elaine said. “She is now 75 years old, but has the same energy, attractive style and voice as ever. The best piece was ‘Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’ – so many memories for me and so many people! She was a most special performer.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers