Casting has been announced for the non-Equity tour of the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical, which will play eight cities beginning November 15 in Utica, NY, with engagements in Waterbury, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Detroit, and Grand Rapids.
Several leads from the 2015 tour will return to reprise their roles for the third season of Big League’s production: Myles Moore returns, alternating the role of the iconic Ralphie Parker with Austin Molinaro; Susannah Jones reprises her role as Mother; Christopher Swan returns as The Old Man; and Chris Carsten once again joins the cast as radio personality and narrator Jean Shepherd.
Arick Brooks will take on the role of little brother Randy with Angelica Richie as Miss Shields. The cast also includes Andrew Berlin, Matthew Brennan, Sydney Chan, Jessica Crilley, Josh Davis, Elizabeth Flanagan, Briana Gantsweg, K’Lynn Jackman, Allie Kiesel, Kevin Kulp, Joey Little, Allison Maldonado, Lucas Marinetto, Brooke Martino, Evan Mayer, Mark Megill, Wyatt Oswald, Sofia Pargas, Kyle Patrick Scanlon, and Joshua Turchin.
A Christmas Story, The Musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2012, features a score by the composer/lyricist team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the duo will be represented on Broadway this season with the new musical Dear Evan Hansen), with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film of the same name. The tour features direction by Matt Lenz. Tony winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks, with scenic design by Mike Carnahan, costume design by Lisa Zinni, and lighting design by Charlie Morrison.
The musical, according to press notes, “chronicles 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 (’You’ll shoot your eye out kid!’). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a ‘triple-dog-dare’ to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.”
The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.
The itinerary follows:
Utica, NY, November 15 – 16, 2016 The Stanley Theatre
Waterbury, CT, November 18 – 19, 2016 Palace Theater
Pittsburgh, PA, November 22 – 27, 2016 Benedum Center
Atlanta, GA, November 29 – December 4, 2016 Fox Theatre
Baltimore, MD, December 6 – 11, 2016 Hippodrome Theatre
Buffalo, NY, December 13 – 18, 2016 Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Detroit, MI, December 20 – 24, 2016 Fox Theatre Detroit
Grand Rapids, MI, December 27 – 30, 2016 DeVos Performance Hall
For more information, visit www.AChristmasStoryOnTour.com.