Dee Snider to star in own musical ‘Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale’
Twisted Sister‘s legendary frontman, Dee Snider, will be starring in his own musical titled Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale which will run from November 17, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at The Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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 head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit.
Although Snider is best known for his fame obtained through Twisted Sister, the lead singer has a lot of diverse experience that he brings to the table. The website for Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale states:
“He has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of “Celebrity Apprentice;” “Gone Country” with John Rich; MTV’s “Rock The Cradle,” with his son Jesse Blaze; “Growing Up Twisted,” an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle; ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap” and “Celebrity Holiday Homes.” He has also been a frequent host on the MTV Networks and, with more than 20 years on the air in radio. His own long running, nationally syndicated radio show, “House Of Hair,” can be heard on over 200 stations in North America (houseofhaironline.com). His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, documentaries and a yearlong stint as the voice on MSNBC.
Never setting limits, Dee wrote, produced and starred in “Dee Snider’s StrangeLand.” This horror flick has become a cult classic, literally creating the torture film sub-genre. “StrangeLand 2” is currently in development. With the success of “StrangeLand,” Dee was tapped to host a weekly radio show on all things horror, “Fangoria Radio,” on the Sirius XM network.
In 2002, VH1 signed Dee to star as himself in their original movie production of “Warning: Parental Advisory,” co-starring Mariel Hemingway, Jason Priestley and Griffin Dunne. Dee re-created his role during the 1985 congressional record labeling hearings, battling the Beltway wives, most notably, Tipper Gore. Dee, along with Frank Zappa and John Denver, turned DC politics upside down, carrying the banner of Dee’s Twisted Sister legendary anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t going to take it either. The California Governor enlisted Dee to help rally his political troops all the way to the Governor’s mansion in California. At his last political rally in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger asked Dee to lead the way in singing “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. California listened and the Terminator was elected Governor. Not to be outdone, the Mexican Government recruited Dee as well, using both him and the anthem in an “anti-dishonesty” campaign to gain attention on their bid to set the country on a judicial road to recovery.
His recent starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages generated national interest and appearances on “The Today Show,” CNN’s “Joy Behar Show” and a legendary spot on “The Jimmy Fallon Show” where Dee guested with The Roots and Jimmy on Dee’s self-penned hit, “I Wanna Rock”. The Rock Of Ages run inspired him to make a brand new record for Razor & Tie, “Dee Does Broadway”, featuring some of the Great White Way’s biggest songs, side-by-side , in his own indomitable style with Broadway legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth. His self-penned autobiography, Shut Up and Give Me The Mic., was released in the summer of 2012 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster to critical acclaim, coinciding with Warner Pictures’ release of the Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Brand film version of Rock Of Ages. The movie features two of Dee’s biggest hits.
Dee’s hit song-writing credits extend to many genres of music and have been covered by major artists the world over. Celine Dion’s version of Dee’s “The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)” was a significant part of her worldwide, multi-platinum “These Are Special Times” album.
Since starring in Rock Of Ages and recording his critically acclaimed CD “Dee Does Broadway,” Dee Snider’s Broadway connection has continued to grow. “Dee Snider’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Tale” (lyrics, music and book by Dee Snider) completed a highly successful nine week run throughout the 2014 holiday season at Broadway in Chicago, and earlier in the year he produced the off-Broadway hit ensemble, Puppet Shakespeare and the international award winning short film, “Fool’s Day”.
In 2014, Dee was the recipient of the prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his charitable work spanning several decades. Most notably, Dee spent twelve years as the national spokesman and Grand Marshal of the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies initiative (for whom he raised $325,000 with his “Celebrity Apprentice” win,), established his annual Ride to Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares, and donated his Gold and Platinum album awards to Broadway Cares for auction.
Dee is currently working on new music with Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winning (‘Roar’, ‘Life Of Pi’) writer/producer Damon Ranger, which will be featured in a career- encompassing album scheduled for release in the fall of 2015. His touring plans for that project will be released soon.”