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It’s a mid-August evening in Millennium Park, and Broadway in Chicago is strutting its stuff for the 2014-2015 season with previews of coming attractions. They include: “Amazing Grace”; “Evil Dead, The Musical”: “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale”; “Annie”; Disney’s “Newsies”; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”; “The First Wives Club”; “The Illusionists”; Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”; “Pippin”; return visits by “Jersey Boys” and “Kinky Boots”; “Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat,” and the evergreen (and “ever green”) “Million Dollar Quartet.” For show info visit broadwayinchicago.com.
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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.
Courtesy of Northwest Indiana Times
Earlier this year, Chicago actress Jessie Mueller won theBest Performance by an Actress Tony for her leading role in the Broadway musical portraying King, and even joining the singing legend on stage at the 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
However, the casting for the Chicago run has not yet been announced, and tickets will go on sale at a later date.
Monday's "Beautiful" announcement came at the 2014 Broadway in Chicago Free Summer Concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago.
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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.