By Kenneth Jones
28 Mar 2008
|Photo by © Turner Entertainment Co.|
Goehring and Evans were behind Off-Broadway's recent Frankenstein, the pop-rock musical, which will start its licensing life in the coming year, and is being developed for a tour in 2009. They told Playbill.com that they've been in discussions with theatres to get a production of their musical, A Christmas Story, on its feet as early as the holiday season of 2008.
The project's collaborators — a lyricist, a librettist and a composer — will be announced shortly. The producers said the script and score can be delivered in five months, in time for rehearsals.
Goehring and Evans exclusively optioned the musical rights — for a first-class, large-cast musical — from the Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc.
A Christmas Story already exists as a non-musical stage show that has been popular in regional markets.
The producers characterize the musical project this way: "A Christmas Story is a whimsical, slightly-twisted and beloved tribute to an all-American, nostalgic view of Christmastime. Set in Indiana during the 1940s, a young Ralphie dreams of his ideal gift for Christmas and is waging an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents. Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign. He also endures all kids of childhood calamities from his brother's snowsuit paralysis to the yellow-eyed Scotty Farkus affair to the dreaded tongue-on-a-frozen-flagpole stunt. A triple-dog-dare Christmas classic for the American stage."
Young, blond, bespectacled actor Peter Billingsley memorably played little Ralphie in the film. His fondest wish? Ralphie wanted a Red Ryder BB gun.
For more information, visit www.AChristmasStorytheMusical.com.