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Andrew Horn's documentary on the American rockers premiered in a non-competitive sidebar at the Dutch festival
Much like the legendary glam-metal band whose grindingly arduous rise to fame it lovingly chronicles, shock-rock-doc We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! is superficially "controversial" (profanity in the title!), essentially conventional, but very, very, very entertaining. Automatic catnip for fans and rewarding for those previously indifferent to or even hostile towards the veteran Long Island combo, this persuasive paean to sheer bloody-minded persistence flies by over the course of 136 engrossing, often hilarious minutes.
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In 101 years of Chicago tree-lighting ceremonies, there was nothing quite like this year’s.
It wasn’t the 57-foot Colorado blue spruce, or the 47,800 LED lights. It was the singing that set it apart.
Heavy-metal rocker Dee Snider, who was the focus of a Congressional hearing on explicit lyrics when he was lead singer of the band Twisted Sister in 1985, helped throw the switch, and sang a mash-up of the standard “O Come All Ye Faithful” with Twister’s Sister’s arena-rock anthem, “We’re Not Going to Take It.” Watch the Video
Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider discovered similar structural parallels existing in certain traditional Christmas anthems and his own hit-making compositions for the 1980s rock band Twisted Sister—well, what could be more logical than a nostalgic mash-up combining both musical genres?
CHRISTMAS TALE, will auction off various personally autographed awards and memorabilia for charity. In the spirit of the holiday, all proceeds from the auction will benefit one of his favorite charities Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS. The charity auction is currently running through December 22, 2014 and will be hosted at www.broadwaycares.org/eBayDeeSniderAuction. A select number of awards and memorabilia will be available each week for one week only. Dee Snider is starring as the narrator in DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) through Jan. 4, 2015.
Review by Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago; Video produced by Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
Patrick Murphy of Elgin joined Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago to review the opening night of Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas as the Short & Sweet guest critic. Murphy, a stage manager at Profiles Theater in Chicago, drew upon his experience in the theater industry to critique the show. Murphy describes the show as a rock concert mixed with a comedy show: "You were laughing at one moment; the next you're up clapping, stamping your feet, rocking rock show." According to Murphy, it's different from typical holiday shows and has a broad appeal for audience members of all ages. Watch the Review