Guess Who’s Coming to Town This Holiday Season? RUDOLPH!

November 8, 2023

“A Holiday Staple” – Boston Globe

“Magical time…the performances are spot on.” – HuffPost


AT The Stanley Theatre in Utica Monday, December 4 | 6:30 PM Tickets on Sale Now

Sleigh what? The critically acclaimed live stage show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical returns this fall to entertain families at theatres across North America. The national tour featuring the “most famous reindeer of all” and his friends from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will soar into The Stanley Theatre on December 4 at 6:30pm. Audiences are invited to help Santa save Christmas with the help of Rudolph and the holly jolly cast of characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and more.

Tickets are available at The Stanley Theatre box office (259 Genesee Street, Utica), by visiting, or by calling The Stanley Theatre box office at 315-724-4000. Group orders of 10 or more are discounted and can be placed by calling Broadway Utica directly at 315-624-9444.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for almost 60 years. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a tree-mendous way to experience this family tradition and stays true to the iconic television special,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom. The national tour is a family favorite — “Rudolph has taken the country by snowstorm” (Hartford Courant) and “A magical time… and an utterly charming, top-notch production” (Orlando Sentinel).

Projections, costumes, and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The high-energy cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming roughness from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.” Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. The show offers a free toolkit to educators that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to help us all celebrate our differences ( For additional information, visit and follow the latest updates on Facebook and Instagram (#RudolphtheMusical).

The touring production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Right Angle Entertainment.


Broadway Utica Announces Sam the Snowman’s Scarf, Hat, and Mitten Drive to Spread Warmth and Kindness This Holiday Season.

Broadway Utica’s Bernadette Eichler Youth Ambassador Program is excited to usher in the holiday season with a heartwarming initiative: Sam the Snowman’s Scarf, Hat, and Mitten Drive. This event, in conjunction with the arrival of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Stanley Theatre on December 4th, invites the community to participate in a meaningful cause. Sam the Snowman’s Scarf, Hat, and Mitten Drive takes inspiration from the beloved character, Sam the Snowman, in Rudolph’s story, symbolizing warmth and goodwill. The drive’s mission is to provide literal and figurative warmth by collecting new scarves, hats, and mittens, ensuring that hands and heads stay warm during the winter season while emphasizing the importance of community care.

The Bernadette Eichler Youth Ambassador Program not only nurtures a passion for theater but also instills the value of giving back to the community. This initiative exemplifies how the arts can be a catalyst for positive change, spreading warmth and kindness during the holiday season. “We believe that warmth isn’t just about the temperature; it’s the love and compassion we share as a community,” says Kristen Matteson, Community Engagement and Program Coordinator at Broadway Utica. “With ‘Sam the Snowman’s Scarf, Hat, and Mitten Drive,’ we hope to make this holiday season warmer for those in need.”

Newly purchased hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at the Broadway Utica Box Office at 258 Genesee Street, Utica NY 13502.

If you are attending the performance, bring on the evening of December 4. Other ways to support, ship via Amazon. (At checkout you will see shipping address, select Change, and add Broadway Utica’s address. You can have multiple shipping addresses and keep your personal as your default.)

For a full list of drop-off locations and more information about the event, CLICK HERE or email Kristen Matteson at

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