Rudolph Lands Soon at the Keith

Updated 6 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Rudolph Lands Soon at the Keith
HUNTINGTON – 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 will visit the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Dec. 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Marshall Artists Series Box office, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical celebrates Rudolph’s 50 years on television. This is a lively, colorful journey and new tradition for families and theatregoers of all ages,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom. “This production touches on all of the familiar story elements from the television special, with talented cast and puppeteers creating the magic on stage.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is so faithful to the original show that it practically transports audience members into the television special. The songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set designs, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

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?

Tickets for Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer are $65.06, $45.80 and $29.75.  To order tickets contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at  You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual of West Virginia, The Touma Foundation,  Oldies 97.1, WTCR, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical also ties in with 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 about diversity and tolerance.

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About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time. The anniversary celebration also includes a major tie-in with the U.S. Postal Service, tribute promos from CBS, new products and programs across all retail channels, a collector’s edition DVD and Blu-ray with new bonus material, new theme park and in-mall attractions, a Carnegie Hall concert tribute and a social media campaign - #ShineBright - that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.