Weird and Good! That’s how my husband and I would describe Little Shop of Horrors presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. That description may be a little too over simplified. When the plot involves a talking plant that thirst for human blood…that’s definitely a little weird, but the good came in SO many forms during the play.
Is watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer part of your Christmas tradition?
Now you have a chance to make a new tradition and watch the musical live.
The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed RUDOLPH THE RED- NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL (www.rudolphthemusical.com) at the Morris Performing Arts Center on November 26 for two performances. Following two 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 three North American tours visiting more than 50 cities this holiday season. The national tour is a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an “utterly charming, top-notch production” (Orlando Sentinel).
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. “RUDOLPH THE RED- NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults and we are so excited to bring the show to fans in South Bend,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom.
Projections, costumes and characters will be faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. 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, “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special 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 hear full performances of additional iconic songs associated with the TV special, such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
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?
Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:00 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:00 PM
Morris Performing Arts Center
Tickets for RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL start at $28.50 and are available online at BroadwayInSouthBend.com, at the Morris Performing Arts Center box office, 211 N. Michigan Street, or by calling 574.235.9190.
Group tickets of 10 or more can be ordered by calling 866.314.7687.
Please Note: Theaterleague.com, BroadwayInSouthBend.com, and the Morris Performing Arts Center box office are the only official sources for tickets to :
THE MUSICAL and all of the shows in the 2016-17 Broadway in South Bend. If you purchase tickets through another source, you may pay over-inflated prices and your tickets will not be guaranteed.
Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances and other locations where Rudolph is appearing, such as at theme parks, zoos, aquariums and science centers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.
For more information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com.
I’ve been given 4 Tickets to giveaway to
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL in South Bend, Indiana
Thanks again to the Musical for providing tickets to giveaway.
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash was a musical that I was looking forward to for a few reasons.
1. My husband was a huge Johnny Cash fan and this play was perfect for his first time attending a play at Playhouse in the Park.
2. The play was the celebrating the music of Johnny Cash which meant that I would be familiar with the popular songs.
Created by Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade, RING OF FIRE was adapted from the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards. Edwards, who starred in RINGOF FIRE on Broadway, will both direct and appear in the Playhouse production, which tells Cash’s story through his songs.
More than a musical biography, RING OF FIRE looks at Cash’s life thematically. From his early years picking cotton in hardscrabble fields to superstardom, the show chronicles both the lows and the highs of the man who traversed musical genres from country and rock to folk and gospel.
I was relieved that the play didn’t create one person to represent Johnny Cash.
He was such a distinct musical icon that it would have been hard for anyone to even try to be compared to him.
The play did a great job of sharing some of Johnny’s history and also telling his story through his songs with various voices of the cast. I really enjoyed hearing the songs through other voices and perspectives. It really added an interesting dimension to the show.
The talent level of the cast was so impressive!
The musicians were a joy to watch and one of them reminded me of a way younger version of my 95 year old grandfather “Pops.”
RING OF FIRE encompasses more than 30 of Cash’s classic songs, including the title tune, “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Man in Black,” “A Boy Named Sue” and “I Walk the Line,” the ballad that Rolling Stone magazine this year declared number one on its list of 25 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. Even so, it’s but an iconic sampling of the more than 400 songs that Cash, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member, has to his credit. Cash was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He placed 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart and more than 130 hits on the Billboard country singles chart, more than anyone in history.
I would highly recommend this play to anyone who is a fan of Johnny Cash or who just enjoys musicals.
RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH JAN. 17-FEB. 15, 2015
Ticket prices start at $30.
Prices are subject to change, and patrons are encouraged to buy early for the best seats at the best prices.
Teen and student tickets are $30 each.
*The show is appropriate for adults and teenage audiences.
New for the 2014-15 season is Sunday College Night, with tickets to all 7 p.m. Sunday performances priced at just $10 with a valid student ID.
Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show for all other performances.
7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and Wednesdays,
8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m.
8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m.
7 p.m. Sundays.
*There is no 7 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 1, and no 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Free post-show Meet the Artists programs that allow audiences to interact with cast members and others associated with the production will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.
Tickets to RING OF FIRE are on sale now.
For more information, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888 (toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana at 800-582-3208) or visit www.cincyplay.com. Call 513-345-2248 for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf accessibility.
*All photo credit goes to Sandy Underwood
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.