Paramount gives Boomers their due

The Paramount Theater unveiled its 2006-07 season today, and once again the slate skews more toward the parents than the kids, including swinger Paul Anka (September 6), country songstress Trisha Yearwood (October 11), rock 'n' roll co-founder Bo Diddley (November 7), folk legend Art Garfunkel (January 20), velvety crooner Johnny Mathis (December 18), and the band that Mike Love calls the Beach Boys (May 11).

After a premiere season dominated by elder statesmen of entertainment, many wondered if the Paramount would make a play for younger audiences in their second season bookings, but it appears that, for now, they will stay the course.

It should also be a good season for fans of classic TV: Major Healy and Jeannie will reunite when Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden bring the play Love Letters to town (December 2); Vicki Lawrence will revive a beloved Carol Burnett Show character in Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show (October 14); former Tonight Show bandleader Branford Marsalis will play some jazz (September 10). That's not to mention two comedienne conquerors of stage and screen: Whoopi Goldberg (January 13) and Lily Tomlin (May 3).

Last year, many were upset that they couldn't get tickets to certain events because they had been bought up by those with Paramount memberships. Members still get first dibs this year, but Paramount director of marketing Kristen Gleason was quick to point out that "There is a six-ticket limit per member per event, anyone can become a member, and, of course, you can become a member for this season when you buy your tickets." A complete schedule can be found at the Paramount's website.



Thank you for noting that the band coming to Charlottesville is NOT the Beach Boys. No Brian Wilson and no Al Jardine = a tribute band fronted by Mike Love.

It's common knowledge around town that the only way to get tickets to popular events at the Paramount is to know someone who spends $1,000 a year as a Paramount contributor. It's the elitist Southern network all over again. Not only is this unethical, but If the Paramount receives any public funding, it is illegal.