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Rudolph Comes to Life

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country.

Rudolph1Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com), featuring 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 21-city tour kicking off November 25 in Hartford CT. Also expect to see Rudolph and friends on stage in multi-week engagements, with cities to be announced.

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.rudolphthemusical.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Citi® card members will have access to presale and preferred tickets in select markets beginning September 9, only through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete details, visit www.CitiPrivatePass.com.

“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,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom. “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 story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

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.

A tentative list of dates follows:

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

For more information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com.

About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

2014 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.