Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Character developed by Robert L. May
Chicago Broadway Playhouse
Being staged at the Chicago Playhouse in Chicago, this unique musical is the perfect start to the holiday and Christmas season. One of the most endearing Christmas tales of all time, the story speaks to the misfit in all of us. In some countries, the story of Rudolph has become a permanent part of Christmas folklore; such has been its impact on popular culture. So do not miss this wonderful tale and bring your families to watch this Christmas special.
The fictional reindeer with the famous glowing red nose was created by writer Robert L. May in 1939. His first appearance was in a booklet which May wrote and which was published by Montgomery Ward. Ever since its inception, the story of the misfit reindeer became exceedingly popular and has been adapted into numerous mediums including the famous cartoon serial depicting his adventures. One of the most famous aspect associated with the reindeer is the famous song, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer which was an adaptation of the story into a song. Adapted by Johnny Marks, Gene Autrys recording of the song became a worldwide hit and reached number one on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1949.
Set in North Pole, the stage adaption features the famous story line of the misfit, shy reindeer who is constantly made fun off by his peers for his big red nose. The young buck considers himself as an outcast as he is harassed almost mercilessly by his fellow sleigh pullers. But on one Christmas Eve, when the weather is particularly terrible, and Santa fears that he will not be able to deliver his presents, he catches sight of Rudolphs red nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening, since his nose will work as a guiding beacon for the rest of the pullers. Rudolph then has to step up and courageously navigate the treacherous weather in an attempt to save Christmas. Following his heroics, the young reindeer is finally given the respect he deserves from his peers who accept him in their folds as one of their own.
The musical is the result of a collaboration between the Emerald City Theater and First Stage. It was conceived by Jeff Frank and is also directed by him. The play has been adapted for the stage by established writer Robert Penola, who has successfully tranformed the famous storyline into an entertaining musical. The music has been arranged and orchestrated by Timothy Splain, who uses the classic old Christmas tunes in a very creative way to add that element of "fun" to the production. Brendan Kirkham has overseen the scenic and puppet designs for the production. This classical tale is going to be presented in a grand manner, with extravagant sets, colorful costumes and wonderful music complimenting the classic yet beautiful storyline. So hurry up and buy Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer tickets and welcome the Christmas season by watching this highly entertaining musical with family and friends.