Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Going through life with a shiny red nose can only be desirable if you're a clown in the circus or a famous reindeer leading an even more famous sled.  Hold on to your sleigh bells and give them a big jingle as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:  The Musical" flies straight in for a fabulous landing at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 30 for a festive holiday welcome.

Get ready for this wonderful television classic to burst into life right before your eyes.  Dressing yourself in red, green and gold is optional.  This fifty year old classic tale is bound to excite the Christmas spirit in everyone in the family, even if your name is Ebenezer Scrooge.

It's time to greet the jolly Mr. Claus and his wife, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and don't forget the shining star of the show, that red-nosed reindeer.

Conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage, with script adaptation by Robert Penola and arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain, this merry musical comes with a message.  Learn first hand with Rudolph that what makes you different just might be what makes you special and that there is a little misfit in all of us.

In honor of this production, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ben's Lighthouse, a Newtown-based group that supports communities impacted by tragedy.  It honors those teachers and children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School and its motto is "Helping Is Healing." A children's chorus from Ben's Lighthouse, named for Benjamin Wheeler, will perform in the lobby and at intermission at November 28 and 29 morning and afternoon shows.

For tickets ($21 and up), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org.  Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m., Friday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. There are no shows on Thanksgiving.

Come help Rudolph realize how important he is and help him guide that fabulous sleigh for a jolly holly holiday for all the little ones in your life.

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