Rudolph Soars to TGPR

Rudolph Logo (with characters)It may be September, but Sleigh bells are already ringing at TGPR! This week we announced Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, a family-friendly adaptation of the highest rated Christmas special of all time, will perform in 25 North American cities this holiday season.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage. Check out for more info.

The show features the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour kicking off November 25 in Hartford CT.

From Producing Partner Jonathan Flom:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical celebrates Rudolph’s 50 years on television. This is a lively, colorful journey and new tradition for families and theatregoers of all ages. These productions touch on all of the familiar story elements from the television special, with talented casts and puppeteers creating the magic on stage.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

The productions will also tie in with the #ShineBright social media campaign which is a celebration of uniqueness that will be championed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Workshops, lesson plans and special performances will use the story as a platform for teaching important lessons about diversity and tolerance.

Here is a tentative list of dates:

November 25-26, 28-30 Hartford, CT The Bushnell Theatre
December 2 Reading, PA Santander PAC
December 3 Williamsport, PA Community Art Center
December 4 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre
December 5-7 Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
December 5 Richmond, KY EKU Center for the Arts
December 6 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
December 7 Bowling Green, KY SKyPAC
December 9-14 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center
December 9 Cleveland, MS Bologna PAC
December 10 Paducah, KY The Carson Center
December 11 Bloomington, IN IU Auditorium
December 12 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theater
December 14 Mississauga, Canada Living Arts Centre
December 16-21 Nashville, TN James K. Polk Theatre
December 16-21 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
December 22 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
December 22-24 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
December 23 West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center
December 24 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center
December 26-27 Newark, NJ NJPAC

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time. The anniversary celebration also includes a major tie-in with the U.S. Postal Service, tribute promos from CBS, new products and programs across all retail channels, a collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray with new bonus material, new theme park and in-mall attractions, a Carnegie Hall concert tribute and a social media campaign – #ShineBright – that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

-Dan Grody, TGPR