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
The city officially lit Chicago's Christmas Tree in Daley Plaza to kick off the holiday season. This year's tree is a 10,000-pound, 57-foot Colorado blue spruce, nominated by the Atkinson family in Elgin.
"It's fun, I've been watching it on TV whenever the news has got it on I'm like, 'That's my tree!'" said Donna Atkinson. Watch the Video
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“It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol” and How The Grinch Stole Christmas are viewing staples during the holiday season. This year, Dee Snider hopes to add his "Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" to the list.
Yes, Dee Snider, of the garish ‘80s hair metal band Twisted Sister, who sang the rebellious anthems “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” has written a family friendly Christmas Musical.
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Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale. It was directed by Adam John Hunter. It was choreographed by Robert Tatad and and the music supervision was by Doug Katsaros. It was written by Dee Snider. It was about a band called Daisy Cuter, I mean, Daisy Cutter, and they were a struggling heavy metal band. But then then this drunk guy named Scratch (Bill McGough) tells them to sell their souls to Satan and they think it will be really really metal. But then, of course, something has to go wrong. They suddenly start singing Christmas songs instead of heavy metal songs, but they don't mean to. The Christmas songs sound like heavy metal songs. Then everybody loves that, but they don't want to keep singing Christmas songs. So then they try to stop by having an exorcism. I thought that this was a really fun and great show. I just really enjoyed myself because it was really funny and Dee Snider does great music and you get to be very involved with the story.