By Madhu Krishnamurthy for Daily Herald
For four years, Donna Atkinson of Elgin has been trying to get her Christmas tree a prime spot in Chicago's downtown.
That moment is finally here.
The 57-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce will grace Chicago's Daley Plaza and lighted at the annual ceremony on Nov. 25.
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.