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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, plays the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) now through Jan. 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below!
Written by Sonia for UIC Radio
What do you get when you combine the power of rock and roll with the spirit of Christmas? The answer: Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale.
For those who don’t know, Dee Snider, best known as frontman in the band Twisted Sister, and most well-known for songs ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It‘ and ‘I Wanna Rock,’ created and wrote this musical for the holiday season. “Ugh,” groan all the Scrooges of the world, “it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!” Yes, I know, just hear me out.
The story isn’t your average, traditional, fuzzy-warm-feeling-inside Christmas story. Here’s the basis: narrated by Dee Snider himself, rock and roll band Daisy Cutter (although the band accidentally spelled it “cuter”) want to become rock gods, but are hard on their luck because no one is coming to their shows. But that all changes when Daisy Cutter frontman decides to sell their souls to the devil, in “mythic rock tradition,” in exchange for success and stardom.
Written by Luis Gomez for Chicago Tribune
Mick Foley didn’t attend “Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale” Wednesday at the Broadway Playhouse because he happened to have two comedy shows booked in Illinois this week. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and New York Times best-selling author booked those two shows in Illinois because he happened to be coming to the area for “Christmas Tale.”
Written by Kris Vire for TimeOut
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. By Dee Snider. Directed by Adam John Hunter. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins; no intermission.
Dee Snider, the Twisted Sister frontman and, more recently, reality-TV staple, is both a consummate showman and, I got the impression in a one-on-one interview a few weeks back, a shrewd businessman. He, and his producers, recognize that his goofball concept for a holiday show (which he originally imagined as a concept album) marrying his own ’80s-era rock aesthetic with Christmas cheer, in 2014, has plenty of potential cross-generational appeal as an alternative to the Currier & Ives earnestness of certain other big-C carols.
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