By Andrew Gans
and Adam Hetrick
25 May 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Rehearsals for the limited engagement of the new musical based on the Jean Shepherd stories and the beloved 1983 film of the same name will begin in October. Performances are currently scheduled for Nov. 6-Dec. 30 at a Broadway theatre to be announced.
John Rando will direct the production, which features a book by Joseph Robinette and a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, music direction by Ian Eisendrath, associate choreography by James Gray, orchestrations by Larry Blank and dance arrangements by Glen Kelly.
Critics responded warmly to the musical's recent tour. Singled out were the young songwriting team of Pasek and Paul, whose score includes such songs as "Red Ryder," "Ralphie to the Rescue," "A Major Award" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out."
"This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas," according to the casting notice. "In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations— including run-ins with a bully with 'yellow eyes,' a tongue stuck to a flag pole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, a major award and a Chinese Christmas dinner."
An official announcement about the production has yet to be made.
In recent seasons New York has hosted such holiday musicals as White Christmas, Elf and The Grinch.