BIC Announces RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER® To Play Broadway Playhouse Nov. 14- Dec. 29

8726998514_87430930dc_o Broadway In Chicago, Emerald City Theatre and First Stage are thrilled to announce their partnership for the holiday classic, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER®. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut) Nov. 14 – Dec. 29, 2013.

The beloved stop-motion classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster TM to saving Christmas, join RUDOLPH ® and his friends Clarice TM, Hermey the Elf TM and Yukon Cornelius TM as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.

Honoring the tradition of the original animated television special, Emerald City Theatre and First Stage bring to life the magical world of the North Pole in a large-scale, spectacle-filled musical with all the classic songs. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER® is appropriate for all ages.

Adapted from the Animated Television Special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ®” and all elements from the 1964 television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” © and TM, presented under license from Character Arts, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank and his artists from First Stage,” said Emerald City Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. “Jeff Frank’s enchanting, original adaptation is a feast for the eyes with heartwarming holiday cheer.  I can't wait to add a little Emerald City magic to the recipe.  Together we promise Chicago audiences a great BIG toe tapping musical that the whole family can savor.”

Critics praised First Stage’s 2012 production of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® in Milwaukee:

“…To every mother's child wondering whether reindeer really know how to fly…  head downtown, where the soaring new production of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® will put all doubts to rest….”  Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A must-see for holiday cheer” – Christina Wright, Third Coast Daily

“The magic of Christmas is certainly alive in First Stage’s joyful production of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ®.” – Anne Siegel, Shepherd Express

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® creative team includes: First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank (Director); Emerald City Producing Artistic Director Ernie Nolan (Choreographer and Associate Director); Brandon Kirkham (Production Designer);Jason Fassl (Lighting Designer); and Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer).

Jeff Frank (Director) has been First Stage’s artistic director since 2003. Over the past 12 seasons Jeff has directed many First Stage productions. Among his favorites are: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, PETER PAN AND WENDY, U: BUG: ME, THE NEVERENDING STORY, SLEEPING BEAUTY, LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE, A CHRISTMAS STORY and THE GIVER.

Ernie Nolan (Choreographer and Associate Director) is the Producing Artistic Director of Emerald City Theatre, where he has directed and choreographed over 20 productions including PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL. A resident artist of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO, he made his Off-Broadway debut as a choreographer last spring with LUCKY DUCK at the New Victory Theatre. His work as a TYA playwright has been featured both nationally and internationally.


Founded in 1996, Emerald City Theatre creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City is one of Chicago's most attended non-profit theatres, with an annual programing reach of 80,000.

Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading educators, Emerald City develops new work for young audiences, with over 29 world premieres; produces professional productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and the Little Theatre; and provides acclaimed educational programming throughout Chicago through Emerald City Theatre School.


Since 1987, First Stage has grown to become one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theaters and the second largest theater company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. First Stage touches hearts and transforms lives through professional theater productions that engage, enlighten and entertain more than 115,000 audience members annually.  Committed to new play development, First Stage has presented nearly 50 world premieres in its history and has collaborated with renowned artists including Harry Connick Jr. and Stephen Schwartz, and award-winning authors Lois Lowry and Cornelia Funke. Its Theater Academy, teaching life skills through stage skills, is the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation.  As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-in-education programming, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs promote active learning in our schools and our community, serving over 20,000 children each year.


RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® is part of the Broadway In Chicago 2013 off season specials.  Group tickets for 10 or more are now on sale by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Individual tickets for RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ® will go on sale at a later date.   For more information, visit