DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY COMES TO THE RIALTO IN 2019

Joliet, IL (December 10, 2018)Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour will be stopping at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL on March 6, 2019 as part of the 2019 edition of this high-energy “musical extravaganza” (People). Bringing to life beloved characters from the #1 preschool television network, including Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and more, this 90-minute interactive concert experience — perfect for kids and families –- performed more than 120 shows in 2018 and was recently nominated for a Pollstar Award, honoring the top achievers in the live entertainment industry.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 14 at 12 PM. Visit www.rialtosquare.com for complete ticket details.

Directed by Amy Tinkham (ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”), produced by Jonathan Shank of Red Light Management, and represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the concert features songs from Disney Junior’s hit series, state of the art LED technology, a giant Mickey-shaped DJ booth, high-tech scrim screens that transport characters into the theater and 4D special effects.

Two VIP Package options are available for a pre-party and after-party, both with character greetings. Each VIP Package includes one premium seat to the show, a chance to meet your favorite Disney Junior characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and more. Children and families can also enjoy pizza, snacks and beverages while participating in DJ hosted games and music. Each VIP guest will leave with a complimentary Disney Junior Dance Party VIP merchandise gift.

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COUNTRY MUSIC STAR, AARON LEWIS, WILL PLAY THE RIALTO IN MARCH 2019

Joliet, IL (December 4, 2018) – Aaron Lewis, country music star, will make his Rialto Square Theatre stage debut on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10 AM.

Aaron Lewis is known for his outspokenness, outlaw Country tunes and impassioned live show. And today he announced that he will be hitting the road again for THE STATE I’M IN TOUR in advance of new music coming in 2019. Giving fans something different, THE STATE I’M IN TOUR will feature acoustic songs + stories from Lewis as he shares personal tales from the stage. Fans will receive a physical copy of the new album available next year, THE STATE I’M IN (The Valory Music Co.), when they purchase a pair of tickets to the tour.

“My music is very first person, very autobiographical,” said Lewis. “It’s from my life experiences that I draw inspiration for my songs. This acoustic tour gives me the opportunity to share the stories behind my songs with my fans and play them stripped down, like I wrote them.”

Recently wrapping sold-out dates on his SINNER TOUR, Lewis’ in-demand live show electrifies audiences whenever he takes the stage. Country Rebel raved, “Lewis’ voice rings out above all the noise and is even more powerful than ever before…”

The self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” has achieved critical and commercial success with his last album SINNER earning him the No. 1 spot on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release. The 12-track project was voted to numerous Top Albums and Best Of lists and continues to make an impact two years later.

More information about album release to come in the new year. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.AaronLewisMusic.com.

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HAIRBALL RETURNS TO THE RIALTO SQUARE THEATRE THIS MARCH

Joliet, IL (November 30, 2018)HAIRBALL, the rock and roll experience, makes its triumphant return to the Rialto Square Theatre stage on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10 AM.

A band puts on a concert – Hairball puts on an event! Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience
you won’t soon forget. The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hordes of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction!

Vocalists Joe, Kris and Bobby lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing, and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night.

The motor that drives the Hairball dragster consists of Freaky on the electric bass, Billy on the drums, and Happy on the lead guitar. These Rock & Roll soldiers pride themselves on nailing
some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over decades of tireless performing. This isn’t a side job. These guys eat, sleep and breathe Rock & Roll!

2018 finds Hairball celebrating its 18th year of rocking hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Constantly adding more characters, more pyrotechnics, more lights, more sound, more props, more surprises…more everything! Do not confuse Hairball with the countless “80’s Tribute” bands across the country. Hairball is an experience, an attitude, and expression of music that isn’t simply a retro flashback. It’s a way of life, and it’s not going anywhere soon.

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REVIEW: “NOEL” RESTORES SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

CEDAR RAPIDS — “Noel the Musical” is a most lovely addition to the Christmas landscape — filled with enchantment swirling through the snow falling on the “invisible” homeless in a London park.

VenuWorks Theatricals, which sprang from a sleigh in Ames, is debuting this new tale of hope among the hopeless, and about 900 people of all ages received this gift Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Theatre. In return, they gave the cast a well-deserved standing ovation and cheer.

This isn’t your typical holiday tale. Love, faith and hope have to break through some pretty tough barriers and hardened hearts.

Young Noel isn’t nestled all snug in her bed, with visions of sugarplums dancing in her head. She’s hitting the streets to try to find the mother who disappeared six days ago. Just 12, Noel knows if the authorities find out she’s fending for herself, she’ll end up in an orphanage for Christmas.

In a park, she finds a community of homeless men and women battling their own demons, but with room in their lives to help keep Noel safe. They insist she check in with them twice daily as she goes about her quest.

The folks in the park get a helping hand, too, from a jaded man named Nick who outwardly bah-humbugs everything about Christmas, but gives them gifts they need, like a hat that just happens to be from a game that Edgar, a war veteran in a wheelchair, saw with his father in 1969.

Making matters worse, Noel has a solo in a televised Christmas play, for which her mother is making the costumes. Except, Noel bursts into tears whenever she tries to sing it, and the costumes aren’t finished, raising drama director Carnegie’s suspicions.

This show’s happy ending goes through a dark and winding path made brighter by Liam Bates’ delightful, winsome, soul-searching musical score. This Irish composer has worked with a who’s who of singers, arranging and conducting for Pete Townsend, Luciano Pavarotti, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, as well as composing and directing music for movies, including “Circle of Friends,” “Don Juan De Marco” and “Leap Year.”

The captivating story and lyrics come from the pen of fellow Irishman Eoin (pronounced Owen) Colfer, best-selling author of the “Artemis Fowl” series.

Rounding out the top-flight team are director Sam Scalamoni, director of the national tours of “Elf the Musical” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” around the world; and Broadway choreographer and dancer Charlie Sutton.

The technical team is equally stellar, creating a world of wonder, darkness and light, with two revolving platforms magically transforming into everything from Santa’s North Pole home to Noel’s home, the park and a community theater, all bedazzled by lighting effects and on-point costumes.

With that kind of star power behind the scenes, it’s no wonder the stars shine so brightly onstage. Jena Simmons, 11, from Jupiter, Fla., is utterly charming in the title role. When Noel finally dries her tears, Simmons belts out her big solo with all the gusto you’d expect from her previous professional star turn as “Annie.”

Tess Jonas brings the right mix of fantasy and caring to Duchess, the park dwellers’ own royalty. Once a maid, a nanny and a theatrical seamstress, she now is the kindly monarch for the homeless and for Noel. Her “Fairy Story Girl” solo near the end of the show is shattering.

David Johnson as her constant companion, the wounded veteran Edgar, is a powerful presence throughout, wringing out hearts and emotions in “Invisible,” lamenting the way people ignore the homeless, and in his plea for mercy and kindness near the finale. On the verge of being too preachy — and just when I feared his speech was going to launch into a treacly audience singalong — his tearful oration veered the play onto a more logical, palatable track.

A special nod goes to Todd Berkich, whose cranky Claus is really just a dispirited “delivery boy” for whom Christmas has become a burden too painful to bear. His huge, booming voice pierces the hardest heart in the woefully wrenching solo, “This Man.” In the end, the people Nick hopes to heal in the park heal his wounded heart.

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VIRAL FUNNY LADY, TIFFANY JENKINS, MAKES HER RIALTO SQUARE DEBUT

Joliet, IL (November 26, 2018) – Tiffany Jenkins, hilarious viral sensation, is heading to the Rialto Square Theatre for one night only, Friday, February 22, 2019 at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10 AM. More info can be found online at www.rialtosquare.com.

Tiffany Jenkins is a wife, mother, author, content creator and recovering addict. Best known for her blog, Juggling the Jenkins, and hilarious viral Facebook videos, Tiffany speaks shamelessly, openly and honestly about her past and addiction, as well as her struggles with depression and anxiety.

Tiffany’s relatability has contributed to her rapidly growing fanbase, with 2.4 million followers on social media and over 200 million video views to date, proving that her honesty and wit is quickly propelling her beyond a viral sensation to a true inspiration for women and men alike. Tiffany’s story of hope, which she chronicled in her self-published book, High Achiever: The True Story of One Addict’s Double Life, has had such an overwhelming response that she is ready to tackle her next life goal – traveling the globe, meeting her supporters and making as many people laugh as possible.

Tiffany Jenkins: This Show Is Awkward AF is an opportunity for her supporters to spend some quality time with Tiffany as she shares stories not-previously covered in her book and blog, as well as hang out and answer audience questions in a candid evening full of humor, compassion, and friends.

A limited number of VIP packages, including a premium seat and pre-show photo opportunity will be available for purchase.

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TWO AWESOME SHOWS ADDED TO THE 2019 CALENDAR

Joliet, IL (November 9, 2018) – Rialto Square Theatre announced today the addition of two shows to the 2019 calendar. Legendary rock band, STYX will play the Rialto stage on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 and Grammy-winning comedian, Bill Engvall will perform on Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 8 PM. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, November 16th at 10 AM. More info can be found at www.rialtosquare.com.

STYX
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Ticket prices: $123.50 | $88.50 | $78.50 | $58.50 (additional fees may apply)
**Tickets On Sale Friday, November 16 @ 10am**

Hometown band STYX is coming back to Chicagoland for one night only! Styx hit its stride with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw’s first LP with the band, 1976’s Crystal Ball, and then they become the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), and Paradise Theater (1981). Over the ensuing decade, Styx weathered the shifting winds of the public’s musical taste, reconvening for a highly successful 1996 Return to Paradise tour that was expertly documented on both CD and DVD in 1997. Their catalog of songs features 16 Top 40 songs including “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto.”

After 14 years, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding album to date, THE MISSION, was finally released June 16, 2017 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. It debuted on various Billboard charts, including: #6 Top Rock Albums, #11 Physical Albums, #11 Vinyl Albums, #13 Current Albums, #14 Top Albums, #Retail, #17 Mass Merch/Non-Traditional, #29 Digital Albums, and #45 Top 200 Albums (includes catalog and streaming). A special two-disc reissue of THE MISSION was released on July 27, 2018 via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, which includes a CD of the original album, as well as a Blu-ray of THE MISSION mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound by singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw and producer Will Evankovich accompanied by stunning visualizations for each of the album’s 14 songs based on the album artwork. Other extras on the Blu-ray include: “The Making of The Mission Documentary” of exclusive interviews of SHAW and Evankovich, four music videos—“Gone Gone Gone” (official video), “Gone Gone Gone” (video created by NASA), “Radio Silence” (lyric video) and “Radio Silence” (live video from Syracuse, NY)—and three hi-res audio playback modes.

After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes drummer Todd Sucherman. The jig is up, the news is out: The Esprit de Styx is alive and well, and now it’s time to see for yourself. Welcome to the Grand Evolution.

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Bill Engvall
Friday, March 1 @ 8pm
Ticket prices: $79 | $59 | $49 | $39 (additional fees may apply)
**Tickets On Sale Friday, November 16 @ 10am**

Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Most recently, Bill was a contestant on season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and as a fan favorite, he made it to the finals. He released his new stand-up special Just Sell Him For Parts in 2016 to Vudu. Earlier last year, Bill lent his voice to the animated comedy series Bounty Hunters, which aired on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination.

He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT. Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, Dorkfish, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Comedy Chart, as did his subsequent comedy albums. Bill has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography “Bill Engvall –Just A Guy.” Bill recently filmed a new special entitled Just Sell Him For Parts. More information about Bill Engvall is available at www.billengvall.com.

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