So many people showed up Monday night for Broadway in Chicago's annual promotional concert in Millennium Park that the gates to the Pritzker Pavilion were closed, with a capacity 11,000 people inside and at least another two or three thousand musical-theater fans either lined up around the edges of the venue or seated on the grass elsewhere in the park.
Unlike the actual shows, of course, the outdoor event has no admission charge, offering a chance to hear at least a number or two from, say, "Jersey Boys," without coughing up the big bucks.
The only recognizable name on the bill was Dee Snider. The former front man for Twisted Sister was shilling for his upcoming show, "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale," one of the rare celebrity-penned musicals that actually features the celebrity composer, live every night. Snider's hugely enjoyable contribution was a mash-up of one of Twisted Sister's biggest hits, "We're Not Gonna Take It," and the lyrics of various carols — a preview, apparently, of more of the same.
Here are a few photos from Twiggy Ramirez's wedding to his now wife Laney Chantal. Dee officiated the wedding, while Marilyn Manson was the best man.
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Written by and starring rocker Snider — who was seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages — the production will play a limited engagement through Jan. 4, 2015.
Directed by Adam John Hunter, the cast will feature Snider as the narrator with Bill McGough, Adam Michaels, Christina Nieves, Dan Peters, Wilam Tarris, Keely Vasquez, Taylor Yacktman and Milwaukee native Tommy Hahn.
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Broadway In Chicago has announced the casting and creative team for 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. DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) Nov. 4, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.
Dee Snider will play the role of narrator accompanied by the cast of Chicagoans including Bill McGough, Adam Michaels,Christina Nieves, Dan Peters, Wilam Tarris, Keely Vasquez, Taylor Yacktman and Milwaukee native Tommy Hahn.