Chicago Theatre Review
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Rosemont Theatre
Tired of holiday shopping? Looking for something fun to do with the kids? And with these warm temperatures it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas yet.
So just to make sure we are all in the holiday spirit Rosemont Theatre is presenting the beloved holiday film on stage starring everyone’s favorite reindeer Rudolph. So take the journey with Rudolph and his friends as he helps guide the sleigh with his famous red nose and saves Christmas.
This show is for any and all ages.
For ticket information call the box office 847-671-5100
or visit www.rosemont.com
The dates are Friday December 18 @ 7pm
and Saturday December 19 @ 11am, 2pm, or 7pm
Half price tickets are available.
So Chicago is known for its traditions especially holiday ones. Just to name a few: Christmas Carol at the Goodman,Windows at Macy’s, the Walnut Room, The lights on the Magnificent Mile. In this city of “big shoulders” there is always room for more.
Friday night I attended the opening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Rosemont Theatre. I was four years old in 1964 when Rudolph made its television debut and went on to become the longest running and highest rated TV special. And for another piece of Chicago Trivia the book was originally written by Robert Mays in 1939 a copywriter for Montgomery Wards and given away free to children as a way to get more traffic in the store.
This musical made its way to Rosemont last year and was quite successful. It is not always easy to transform something to the stage especially such beloved characters as Rudolph and his friends. This production did not disappoint. It really is as if you are watching the TV show including some outstanding puppetry and graphics. We see the Burl Ives snowman character moving around through the snow and an adorable Rudolph flying through the air. At times I did not even realize there were people in the costumes.
I took my grandkids to the show who sometimes have a hard time sitting still. This time they didn’t. They loved the whole thing from start to finish especially when the abominable snowman took over a large part of the stage. My favorite part of the show was not only the sing along at the end but the priceless faces of the children. In this challenging world we need something like the innocence of Rudolph and his friends to teach love and acceptance.
Make no mistake, this show is not just for the young. I felt transported back to my childhood when life was simple and carefree.
It is my hope that Rudolph the Musical will take its rightful place as a new holiday tradition.
Very Highly Recommended