[Prop newspaper bundles are readied for their role in Disney's "Newsies: The Musical," playing at Paramount Theatre.]
Now, she's starting to devise another machine – this time for the Paramount's upcoming holiday production of "Beauty and the Beast."
"It's a wood chopping machine," Gaffney said, noting there are challenges specific to every production. "It's tricky on that show. What is a prop and what is a costume? When is a spoon a person?"
"Newsies" is suggested for ages 8 and older because of some adult language and mild violence. Paramount now offers live, real-time ASL interpretation for patrons who are deaf or have impaired hearing at one performance of each Broadway Series production – for "Newsies," it will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 18.
The next musicals in the series are "Beauty and the Beast" from Nov. 13 to Jan. 19; "The Secret of My Success," a world premiere musical based on the 1987 film starring Michael J. Fox, from Feb. 12 to March 29; and the Midwest regional premiere of "Kinky Boots," from April 29 to June 14.
At 41,000 Broadway Series subscribers, the Paramount now is the most heavily subscribed theater in all of Chicago and second largest in the nation. It was voted best live theatre in our Best of the Fox readership poll.
If you go
WHAT: Disney's "Newsies: The Musical"
WHERE: Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., downtown Aurora
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 20; previews start Sept. 4
COST: Single tickets run $36 to $74, with four-show packages starting at $72
INFO: ParamountAurora.com, 630-896-6666; visit website to see theater's full lineup of acts