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So many people showed up Monday night for Broadway in Chicago's annual promotional concert in Millennium Park that the gates to the Pritzker Pavilion were closed, with a capacity 11,000 people inside and at least another two or three thousand musical-theater fans either lined up around the edges of the venue or seated on the grass elsewhere in the park.
Unlike the actual shows, of course, the outdoor event has no admission charge, offering a chance to hear at least a number or two from, say, "Jersey Boys," without coughing up the big bucks.
The only recognizable name on the bill was Dee Snider. The former front man for Twisted Sister was shilling for his upcoming show, "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale," one of the rare celebrity-penned musicals that actually features the celebrity composer, live every night. Snider's hugely enjoyable contribution was a mash-up of one of Twisted Sister's biggest hits, "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the lyrics of various carols — a preview, apparently, of more of the same.
To promote his upcoming Christmas Rock and Roll special, lead singer of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider joins Roe & Roeper!
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Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce individual tickets for the world premiere of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE, written by and starring iconic rocker Dee Snider, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover in association with Vicki and Bob Liggett,Charles Brennan and Mary and John Cooper go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 AM. DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday and twist your Christmas.
Twisted Sister frontman. Broadway star. Reality show enthusiast. Fashion designer. Author. Composer. Playwright.
Those are but a few ways to introduce heavy metal legend Dee Snider.
The singer-songwriter-showman stopped by the Sun-Times on Monday to talk about his latest project: “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale,” a new stage musical having its world premiere in Chicago with a run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, Nov. 4, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015.