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Route 66 at the Paramount

February 26, 2010 | 12 am

New Route 66 musical comedy screeches to a halt at the Paramount Center for the Arts. You can drive from Chicago to Los Angeles in about thirty-one hours — if you stick to the interstates, that is. However, for the road warrior who isn’t in a hurry, a cruise along old Route 66 can be an unforgettable journey – one with surprises beyond every curve. Now, a new musical comedy comes to town – Route 66, by Roger Bean – that celebrates the golden era of the quirky old highway. Route 66 will be coming to the Paramount Center for the Arts February 26th at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Bristol, TN.

Often called “America’s Main Street”, U.S. Route 66 is a retro-fantasyland of art deco motels, roadside attractions, Indian trading posts, novelty drive-ins and old- fashioned spit-and-polish service stations. In its heyday, the highway boasted such landmarks as the Spooklight in Quapaw, Oklahoma, the giant Jackalope in Fort Worth, Texas, Meteor Crater in Leeup, Arizona, the Wigwam Village in Holbrook, Arizona, El Sombrero Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Regal Reptile Ranch in Alanreed, Texas, the Chain of the Rocks Bridge near St. Louis, Missouri, the giant Rocketman in Wilmington, Illinois and the Iceberg Café in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the 1940’s and ‘50’s, hundreds of fancifully-designed motels, motor lodges and motor courts sprung up along the great highway, many of which are still inoperation today.

A rambunctious new musical comedy, Route 66, leads the audience along the great “Mother Road” in a nostalgic celebration of music and whimsical highway fun. The show arrives in Bristol, TN on Friday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m. for a performance at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

In Route 66, a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants strip off their snappy Texaco uniforms and head off on a westward-bound road-trip filled with music, dance and highway mischief. The talented quartet of singing grease monkeys leave Chicago and follows the Mother Road down through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and conclude their travels at the beach in Santa Monica, California. The show features rock and pop music from the 1950’s and ‘60’s including such hit tunes as King of the Road, Dead Man’s Curve, Six Days on the Road, Hot Rod Queen, I Get Around, Little Old Lady from Pasadena, GTO, Fun-Fun-Fun and, of course, Route 66.

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Adult tickets $26, Seniors $22, Students $14. Group rates available. Box office: 423-274-8920, www.theparamountcenter.com