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Thanksgiving Day Parade Grand Marshal

Posted in Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

Dee Snider - Thanksgiving Day Parade Grand Marshal

By Bill Zwecker for Chicago Sun-Times

For many, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season. No doubt, this year’s 81st edition of the annual tradition will again put many in the ho-ho-ho mood. It all takes place between 8 and 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day — with this year’s grand marshal being Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, whose holiday show “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” is playing at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

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The Twisted Sister frontman and reality TV regular tells us why he's putting his name on a holiday musical

Posted in Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

By Kris Vire for TimeOut Chicago

Dee Snider introduces the cast at a press preview for Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas TaleDee 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."

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