Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10:50 A.M.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has taken the country by snowstorm." - Hartford Courant


“Magical time…the performances are spot on.” -HuffPost




Touring Musical is Stage Adaptation of Highest Rated Christmas TV Special of All Time


Peoria– September 7th  2017 – 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 the SMG-managed Peoria Civic Center Theater for two shows on Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 11th at 10am. They will be available for purchase at the Toyota Box Office at the Peoria Civic Center, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $25-$55.

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.       

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Iconic Entertainment Studios and Premiere Producers LLC.


Founded in 2014 by industry veterans Alison Spiriti and Justin Sudds, Right Angle Entertainment specializes in the creation, production and management of live touring shows. Right Angle Entertainment’s focus on bringing personalities and brands to life on stage allows them to cross genres from concerts, to digital stars, to theatrical productions. Having produced touring shows such as Price is Right Live, America’s Got Talent, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and with partners such as Lucasfilm, Cirque du Soleil Theatricals, FremantleMedia and many more, Right Angle Entertainment is committed to bringing exceptionally fun and unique ideas to the stage for audiences all over the world.


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