Hometown Holiday

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Rockford native and New American Theater founder J.R. Sullivan says he conceived of his Hometown Holiday Show as a celebration of the season, and of his hometown.

He brings the 21st production of his show, featuring Sullivan and a troupe of friends, back to Rockford this weekend, Dec. 10 and 11.

Sullivan says the format mirrors one of the holiday staples at NAT, the company he founded and led for many years.  He says the main show was an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” 

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It may not look like a “winter wonderland” in northern Illinois right now, but it will SOUND like one this weekend in downtown Rockford. That’s because J.R. Sullivan’s 20th production of his “Hometown Holiday” variety show hits the stage at the Nordlof Center. 

One of the themes this time around is an unhappy Santa: he's tired of night-flying in his sleigh, he's sick of gluten-free cookies, and he's just not feeling the magic any more. Not so for Hometown Holiday founder J.R. Sullivan, who is still feeling the spirit more than two decades after he put together the first show. 

J. R. Sullivan's Hometown Holiday

Nov 30, 2014

  The 19th annual "Hometown Holiday" variety show returns to the Sullivan Theater in the Nordlof Center in Rockford on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 12th through the 14th. Produced by J. R. Sullivan of the former New American Theater, "Hometown Holiday" features a blend of holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy and seasonal and popular songs peformed by regional actors and musicians. For more information on this Rockford-area tradition, visit our Events calendar.