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.
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