Wittien by Dave McGuire for Showbiz Chicago
"You bring the wife and the Kids into town for some deep-dish pizza, and Christmas cheer, and run smack dab into a satanic ritual.” This sums the show up perfectly, yet doesn’t do it justice all at once.
Let me try again, “it’s okay to want, just don’t over-look the gifts, you already have.” Yeah, that’s a more Christmas like opening. Let’s get holly-jolly, ya’ll ….. O’Holy-Night he’s killing Frosty……
Written by Barry Reszel for Chicagoland Musical Theatre
Fictional metal band Däisy Cüter rocking out Twisted Sister’s holiday mashup “We’re Not Gonna Take It/Oh Come All Ye Faithful” midway through Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale might just be the greatest simultaneous, euphemistic flipping off of all time.
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When rockers reach a certain age, one of the following things usually happens. They either dreamed of burning out, but they fade away; they try to continue performing the way they always have before, blissfully unaware that they look like the Crypt Keeper, and have mostly lost their voices, strutting about like roosters, making final millions off their glory days; they appear to have made deals with the devil, continue to perform as they always have, looking and sounding BETTER than in their glory days, when in reality, they should be melting in a corner somewhere from all the toxic substances they and their friends imbibed, making mere mortals yearn for a hot gray streak and some tight pants; OR, they reinvent themselves. Who would have thought that Hot Legs, Maggie May singing Rod Stewart would have decided at some point to put on a tux, or a velvety smoking jacket and turn that bluesy voice to the standards? And succeed? What’s that you say? Nobody? I agree, but honestly, his voice lends itself to those sexy old songs, so when you think about it, it’s not much of a stretch. You want to know who IS a surprise? Everybody’s old Twisted friend Dee Snider, HE has blown me away. Mr. We’re Not Gonna Take it, has wiped off the makeup, lost the belly shirts, brushed his hair and written a Christmas musical, and it ROCKS!
An interesting group of celebrities attended the official opening night of “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Wednesday night.
Among those who walked the red carpet and support the Twisted Sister lead singer’s new show are two rivals from his 2012 run on “The Celebrity Apprentice”: Debbie Gibson and former “American Idol” star and recent congressional candidate Clay Aiken. Former pro wrestler Mick Foley and rock guitarist Lita Ford.
Written by Eloise Marie Valdez for NWI Times
Fans of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will be happy to know the metal rocker is ringing in the holidays in a memorable fashion in the Windy City.
The long-haired blonde entertainer has a special gift for theatergoers this season. It's a bit of a twisted tale with lots of holiday fun.