Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS Rocks
The Troubadour Theater Company trips down memory lane with their groovy holiday show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS. Combining the classic television story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with songs by the Doors, the Troubies bring sexy to Santa in their usual entertaining and hilarious ways.
Reindeer Donner (Matt Walker) and Blitzen (Beth Kennedy) give birth to red-nosed son Rudolph (Steven Booth), ostracized by his friends for being different. He joins up with delicious doe Clarice (Molly Alvarez) and odd elf out Hermey (Kyle Nudo). Can Rudolph help Santa (Rick Batalla) save Christmas?
Director Walker creates organized mayhem out of chaos, blending Jim Morrison and the Doors, song and dance numbers, and audience interaction by his wacky troupe into a hilarious holiday spoof. He brings energy and structure to the piece, drawing fun performances from his cast.
Booth rocks the house as the sweet, shy Rudolph, with Batalla strutting his stuff as Santa. Paul C. Vogt plays a droll Burl Ives-like Sam the Snowman. Lisa Valenzuela and Walker give expressive singing performances.
Production work is first-rate. Alvarez’s skillful choreography adds sensuality and sass, ably supported by the nice live band. Sharon McGunigle has designed appropriate costumes, from vixenish reindeer to wacky misfit toys. Jeremy Pivnick’s fine lighting and Jeffrey McLaughlin’s streamlined ‘60s-style sets provide nice atmosphere. The sound mix was occasionally a problem, with the band threatening to overwhelm soloists.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS is another tongue-in-cheek, trippy, holiday salute by the rambunctious Troubadour Theater Company.
The Troubadour Theater Company presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. through Jan. 13, with added shows at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16, Dec. 30, and Jan. 6, at the Falcon Theatre located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank. Tickets cost $34.50-$37 Wednesdays/ Thursdays, and $39.50-$42 Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. Student rates with ID at $27. Purchase tickets at FalconTheatre.com or call (818) 955-8101.