Broadway In Chicago has uploaded a one-minute collection of video highlights from "Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale", starring and written by the iconic TWISTED SISTER rocker, directed by Adam John Hunter and produced by John B. Yonover, which is playing the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) through January 4, 2015. Check it out below.
In a recent interview with MotorTrend.com, Snider stated about "Rock & Roll Christmas Tale": "It's a musical I wrote about a struggling rock and roll band who sells their souls to the devil, but find they magic of Christmas instead," Dee said. "It's alternative holiday entertainment, but it's gotten a really great response and we're finally launching it in Chicago, hopefully bringing it to Broadway in 2015. I've been working on it for five years. It is pretty crazy."
Dee said that he is optimistic about "Rock & Roll Christmas Tale"'s chances of success, hoping that it will follow in the footsteps of "Kinky Boots", which was scored by pop singer Cyndi Lauper and earned 13 nominations at last year's Tony Awards.
"It's not easy," Dee said. "Cyndi's achieved it with 'Kinky Boots' and [it was a] great success. [She is] a friend of mine and I'm proud of her and happy for her. But it's a long road."
"Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale" tells the story of DÄISY CÜTTER, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the '80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their headbanging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.
Snider told Time Out Chicago that many younger audience members are more familiar with him for his turns on many reality shows than for his wild TWISTED SISTER stage persona.
"I've become less of a rock and roll star and more of a celebrity based on reality TV," he said. "Or maybe a rock and roll celebrity. Although, once they tap into what I've done, it's, 'Oh, that's the 'We're Not Gonna Take It' guy?' Those songs have sort of transcended."