Rudolph Arrives in New York
Sarah Errington who plays the title role in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Theater at Madison Square Garden through December 18 took a few minutes to tell us a little more about the production and it’s first stint in New York.
This marks the New York City debut for the production. What do you expect the energy to be like from the audience and from the actors during this tour, being in one of the most accomplished cities for live performance?
This marks my New York debut as well so, I’m not sure what to expect! But I think this city has an energy like no other- it’s upbeat, it’s thrilling, it’s magical. Just like our little show. And to be able to be here during the holidays will be such a treat. I’m just so grateful to be here.
If you’re in NYC and feeling like a misfit, where’s the first place in the city you’d go to feel like you fit in?
I would run to catch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical! Like I said, I am new to this city- a resident of San Diego County, but as an actor you move around a lot and I’ve always found my community at the theatre –watching or performing. There is SO MUCH happening here in NYC.
How much of the story, songs and characters are the same as the 1964 TV classic and what elements have been added for the stage production?
We have all of the songs from the movie plus some. My favorite we’ve added is ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ Our elves are the true glue of the show and their choreography by Dana Solimando is truly filled with the holiday spirit. I love watching it every single performance. Plus, there is an additional layer added to the story simply because we are live actors, not claymation. The characters you already know are brought to life before your eyes. We have flying elements and puppetry, gorgeous sets and costumes and numerous special effects that make you feel a part of story. It’s perfect for families this time of year.
New York City isn’t short on annual holiday shows, what are your top three reasons people should come see this one?
It perfectly captures all the essentials of a holiday show – there is something for everyone. Young in age and young at heart! It is magical, nostalgic, and has a lot of heart. What more could you want?!