By Kris Vire for TimeOut Chicago
Dee Snider wants to be the new Dickens. "This is a starting point for a franchise, we hope," the Twisted Sister frontman tells me about his new stage show, Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, which begins performances this week at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. "Like A Christmas Carol or A Christmas Story, we want this to be a perennial, we want it to be a licensed show that'll be in multiple cities," he continues on a recent morning at Loyola University's Centennial Forum, his ever-present sunglasses in place and his blond mane pulled back into a ponytail.
The Chicago production stars Snider as narrator—though he thinks the role could eventually be filled by any number of rock personalities with the proper bona fides—alongside a cast of local actors. "The premise is that you all know Däisy Cütter, the world's greatest heavy metal Christmas band; well, here's the story of how they came to be," Snider says, grinning. Snider also steps into the story at one point, playing "the exorcist…Gotta reiterate: family show. 7 to 70. They're possessed by Christmas."
By Walter Leavy for The Celebrity Front Page
There are many things that come to mind in association with Christmas, but leather-clad hard rocker Dee Snider is not one of them. That, however, is about to change––and change in a big way.
Snider, known primarily as the lead vocalist and frontman for the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, has created a unique tribute to the holidays with Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, a world-premiere musical that will be presented on the Broadway Playhouse stage from November 4 through January 4.
In the production that is on track for Broadway next year, Snider will do his own rendition of classic Christmas tunes, what he calls “rocking them out.” Imagine a traditional Christmas carol performed to the tune and cadence of Twisted Sister’s classic “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” “Christmas is a big holiday in our house, and five years ago it dawned on me, ‘Where’s the rock and roll Christmas show?’ Everybody was raised on rock, so I took it upon myself to create a show that’s family-friendly, a little edgy, with a little rock, but it allows you to walk out feeling Christmassy,” says Snider, who wrote the musical and will be performing in each production. “It’s a family show; it’s a fun show; and it’s time for a rock and roll Christmas show. This is it!”
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In the 1980s, Dee Snider crafted an anti-establishment persona heading the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. So some might be surprised that the rocker famed for chart-topping protest anthems like "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" is creating and starring in a new musical that aims to bring families together for the holidays.
"Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" makes its world premiere at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place for a two-month run starting Nov. 4.
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Dee Snider, the longtime frontman of Twisted Sister, really likes his family Christmas. Over lunch the other day with Snider and Suzette Guilot-Snider, his charming wife of more than 30 years, he spoke of trips from Long Island into Manhattan with the kids to see Santa and a show, the Christmas journal he'd kept over the years as his kids grew, his love of togetherness, his feeling that there are too few Christmas shows that a whole family can enjoy together.
You might not expect the Jimmy Stewart routine from the ponytailed creative force behind one of America's more interesting and outrageous heavy metal bands. But, for the record, the cheerfully sentimental author of "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" also penned a ditty called "The Magic of Christmas," recorded by Celine Dion. Snider long has eschewed many elements of that famous rock lifestyle, and been a man of many seemingly incongruous parts. But while many of his peers are just now blinking in the post-rehab sunlight, Snider has been coming up with new ideas all these years, pushing forward his brand.
"The Magic of Christmas" is one of the songs in his eponymous new Christmas show, "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale," which begins performances in Chicago this week at the Broadway Playhouse and that Snider sees as filling a weirdly neglected niche in the oft-lucrative realm of seasonal American entertainment — the rock 'n' roll Christmas show, aimed squarely at aging 1980s rockers and their kids. Or in some cases now, grandkids.
"I can't believe nobody has thought of this before," Snider said. "Everything else out there is all 'The Nutcracker' or 'The Grinch.' I took my 10-year-old to Radio City once. He told me it made him hate Christmas."
The premise of the new, Rockettes-free show, which stars Snider, in person at every performance, is that a struggling heavy metal band called Daisy Cuter (victim of a misspelling) really wants to perform rock songs, but due to some gremlin or mischievous diabolic spirit, the rockers instead find Christmas ditties coming out of their mouths.