Casting has been announced for the Big League Productions Inc. national tour of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's A Christmas Story, The Musical.
The holiday tour will launch November 9 in Worcester, Massachusetts with engagements to follow in Elmira, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Newport News, Virginia; Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; Rochester, New York; Columbia, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and Austin, Texas.
The cast will be headed by Chris Carsten as radio personality Jean Shepherd with Tristan Klaphake and Edward Turner alternating in the role of the young Ralphie Parker. They will be joined by Paul Nobrega as The Old Man, Sara Zoe Budnik as Mother, Evan Christy as little brother Randy, and Angelica Richie as Miss Shields.
The ensemble comprises Emily Blake Anderson, Matthew Brennan, Nic Casaula, Nick Flatto, Brooke Martino, Lauren Moore, Charles Pang, Emily Rhein, Hayden Bercy, Catherine Bradley, Wyatt Oswald, Sam Skalbeck, Levi Smith, Kylie Standley, Ethan Steiner, Owen Tabaka, Meaghan Unger, and Casey Watkins.
A Christmas Story, The Musical, based on the film of the same name and the writings of Shepherd, features a score by Tony and Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land) and a book by Joseph Robinette.
The musical chronicles the young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
In addition to the road production, the musical will hit the small screen in a live presentation from Fox. The December 17 event will feature Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, and Chris Diamantopoulos.
The tour features direction by Matt Lenz with Tony winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography restaged by Jason Sparks. The production also has scenic design by Mike Carnahan, costume design by Lisa Zinni and Michael McDonald, and new lighting design by Charlie Morrison.
For more information, including the complete touring itinerary, visit AChristmasStoryOnTour.com.