Dana Solimando has always loved decorating the Christmas tree and watching holiday specials and movies in front of the fireplace. Now in her third year as choreographer and director of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, she is bringing “the most famous reindeer of them all” to life on stage alongside Rudolph’s holly jolly cast of iconic characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster.
The national touring musical and stage adaptation of CBS’ longest-running and highest-rated Christmas special comes to Bass Performance Hall Nov. 22-23, presented by Performing Arts fort Worth, and the Music Hall at Fair Park Nov. 25-27, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.
“We put a lot of thought and effort into making sure we offer the audience something new to experience while emulating the iconic characters and moments from the TV special that has become an American tradition,” says Solimando.
Projections, costumes and characters based on the TV show are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of set designs that transport audiences to a winter wonderland. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and lovable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.
“The heart of the story is pretty timeless,” says Solimando. “Even today, kids are being bullied for being different and parents and children are still dealing with those kinds of challenges, so I think it is easy to tell this story in a way that still resonates with people.”