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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

When: Nov. 28-Dec. 24, 2 & 6:30 p.m. 2014

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

RALEIGH MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, RALEIGH

FRIDAY, NOV. 28–WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24

Set the Wayback Machine to 1964, the year Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass crafted a surprisingly endearing and enduring bit of holiday magic. Their designers made a set of unlikely puppets—including misfit toys, an elf with a passion for dentistry, an avuncular snowman and a reindeer calf—out of Styrofoam, fabric, wire and felt. Cameramen animated them with fairly primitive stop-motion techniques, and a troupe led by actor Burl Ives gave them voices and songs (including that holiday earworm, "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas"). Fifty years later, their charm endures. This live theatrical version places the oldest animated holiday TV special, predating A Charlie Brown Christmas and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, on stage in a 90-minute, all-singing, all-dancing revue. The camp factor should draw adults that grew up watching Sam the Snowman, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermie the Elf and Rudolph, characters reminding us that it's our differences that make us special. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on various days (see website for details), $20­$50, 2 E. South St., 919-996-8700, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/broadway-series-south. —Byron Woods

Price: $20.00 - $50.00

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