Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Heinz Hall
December 22 – 27
Various times

Christmas is just not the same without Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the Elf, Clarice, The Island of Misfit Toys, and of course, Rudolph.

Grab the entire family and take your cherished Christmas tradition from the living room to the grand stage at Heinz Hall to make new memories this holiday season.

Any fan of the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—which debuted in 1964—won’t want to miss this musical version at Heinz Hall.

Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Faithful to the original animated television special, the musical will transport audiences to Christmastown and beyond to experience all of the catchy seasonal songs, nostalgic set designs, dramatic plot twists, colorful costumes and timeless characters. A talented cast brings a fresh new energy to the music and dialogue, while dynamic puppets showcase all of the charm of the show’s legendary stop-motion effects.

The production is collaborating with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which is using the #ShineBright social media campaign to celebrate uniqueness, diversity and tolerance through workshops, lesson plans, activity guides and special performances. Part of the PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh series, Rudolph is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Also based on the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage, the musical features arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain and script adaptations by Robert Penola. Soaring off the screen and onto the stage, the production also marks Rudolph’s auspicious 50th anniversary on television.

The longest running and highest-rated television special of all time, the live stage show features the world’s most famous reindeer along with his holly jolly cast of one-of-a-kind characters. Inspiring the misfit in all of us, the holiday adventure will remind families of all ages that what makes you different also makes you very special.

Performances are filling up fast, so don’t delay in purchasing tickets. There are no shows on Friday, December 25th. The production is open to ages 3 and up.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December feature.


Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...