Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Comes To Boston

Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer Musical in Boston

Rudolph is coming straight from the screen to the stage in a family-friendly adaptation of the popular television special.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. Fifty years later, the longest running and highest rated television special comes to life, live on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, featuring the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas this holiday season.

Rudolph and friends are arriving at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre for 12 performances, from December 9-14, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at or by calling (866) 348-9738.

Is it the same as the television special? Yes! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is very faithful to the original show – including songs, characters, and nostalgic set designs.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

The production will also participate in the #ShineBright social media campaign which is a celebration of uniqueness that will be championed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Workshops, lesson plans and special performances will use the story as a platform for teaching important lessons.

Thanks to the folks behind the musical, one lucky Family Friendly Boston reader will win 4 tickets to Opening Night on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7 PM at The Citi Shubert Theatre in Boston. Enter to win below!

If you go:
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Citi Shubert Theatre
265 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14, 2014, for 12 performances:
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm;
morning matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am;
and afternoon matinees at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $28.00 – $68.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket and are on-sale at or by calling (866) 348-9738. Groups of 10 or may reserve tickets now by contacting Citi Performing Arts Center Group Sales at (617) 532-1116 or For more information, visit

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Disclosure: Giveaway tickets were provided by Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

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Polar Express Events in Boston and Beyond

Check out this list of Polar Express Events in the Greater Boston or road trip distance. If you’re interested, grab your tickets. The events often sell out in advance.

Do you have another Polar Express event that your family loves to attend? Add it in the comments!


Eventbrite – The North Pole Express presented by Saint Michael School – Saturday, December 13, 2014 at The North Pole Express, Newburyport, MA. Find event and ticket information.
December 13, 2014 from Kingston, MA
Get your tickets now for the South Shore Polar Express! Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plymouth, this fun and exciting train ride features a reading of the “Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg with Chefs serving hot chocolate, Elves distributing gift bags for each child and a special visit from Santa. Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies over their clothes to celebrate this wonderful and warm-hearted story experience!
On Sunday, December 7th, 2014 the spirit of the holiday will descend upon the quaint village of Scituate, Massachusetts as children embark on a magical train ride to the North Pole. This 60-90 minute train ride departing from the Greenbush Commuter Rail Station to the North Pole will delight children and adults alike. Children will be entertained with the reading of this classic story of “The Polar Express”, have milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols, and be visited by Santa’s Elves, Frosty, Rudolph, and the big man in red, Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to get into the spirit of the event. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa and most importantly the “magical” silver bell.
The Polar Express Event of New England®. Take a magical Journey to the North Pole! The Polar Express Event of New England® offers this truly unique adventure as a four dimensional interactive experience that only happens here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are the original Polar Express Event that includes a wonderful train ride to the North Pole, a sea of elves, and of course, Santa himself!
Departing Anderson Station in Woburn on Sunday, December 14, 2014.
Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.

Looking for a little something different? Check out the Polar Express 4D experience at the Museum of Science.

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Annie The Musical Review

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Diane Thies from Dollops of Diane for taking us inside Opening Night of Annie with this review!

annie-daddy-warbucks-boston-musicalMy seven year old daughter, Isabelle, five year old son, Henry, and I headed into Boston as guests for opening night of Annie at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. We arrived for Annie and Daddy Warbucks’ red carpet arrival. They came in an old timey car and gave autographs to the kids. It was super cute.

We then headed into the theatre for the start of an amazing show! It was charming, heartfelt, comical, and entertaining. It was the whole package. The theatre provided booster seats for the kids which was great so that they could easily see all the action.

I couldn’t help but marvel over Annie and the other orphans and think of just how young they are. Issie Swickle who plays Annie is NINE. Nine years old?!?! Amazing. She was flawless – they all were. I particularly loved Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Andrews. She nailed the performance with humor and charisma!

review-annie-musical-bostonThe theatre was full of a lot of children but you barely heard them. Everyone was engrossed in the performance. The show itself is somewhat long – it ran a little over two and a half hours (with a 15 minute intermission – refreshments available). My suggestion if you are bringing small children would be to go to a matinee performance. Henry is my biggest Annie fan but even his excitement couldn’t keep him awake for the whole show (which started at 7pm). He passed out on my lap with about 20 minutes left to the show. Conveniently, we parked in the garage right next to the Wang so that I didn’t have to carry him too far to the car!

If you are an Annie lover I would definitely recommend the show. We are still talking about it here and playing the soundtrack on repeat. It’s fun, uplifting, and definitely a great show for a child (or child at heart!) to attend.

Annie is performing live at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston from November 5-16, 2014. You can get your tickets HERE. Use the Code MOMS to get a 20% discount!

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided to see Annie and an invitation was extended to attend the red carpet arrival. Opinions are based solely on the writer’s experience.

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