‘Tis the season for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer live on stage at DeVos Performance Hall on November 18
July 15, 2018
Tickets on sale July 20
Touring musical is stage adaptation of highest rated Christmas TV special of all time
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has taken the country by snowstorm." - Hartford Courant
“Magical time…the performances are spot on.” -HuffPost
Grand Rapids — The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will return live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Back by popular demand following three successful years of touring North America, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas during two North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour is a family favorite -- a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel) – and visits SMG-managed DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, MI for ONE SHOW on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, July 20 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available at the DeVos Place® and Van Andel Arena® box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. An exclusive presale will be available to DeVos Performance Hall email list subscribers. Sign up before Monday, July 16 to receive access to the presale beginning on Tuesday, July 17. If you’re not already signed up to the list, you can do so here.
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom. “This show entertains and, at the same time, helps spread the important and timeless message that we should celebrate our differences.”
Projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.” Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special.
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?
Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. The show offers a free toolkit to teachers that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to teach important character values. In addition, a portion of proceeds from sales of the new book, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be donated to PACER.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Iconic Entertainment Studios and Premiere Producers LLC.