A Christmas Story, The Musical Will Return for 2013 Holiday Season
10 Apr 2013
Clockwise from top left: Erin Dilly, John Bolton, Johnny Rabe and Zac Ballard
The Benj Pasek-Justin Paul stage production A Christmas Story, The Musical, which played a Broadway run during the 2012 holiday season, will return with engagements in Boston and Hartford later this year. A Broadway return may also be part of the itinerary.
A representative for the musical confirmed to Playbill.com that the musical based on the popular 1983 film will play Hartford's Bushnell Theatre Nov. 12-17, with dates to follow at the Wang Theatre in Boston, Nov. 20-Dec. 8.
Producers are hopeful for a 2013 Broadway holiday return as part of the mini-tour; however, details have not been finalized. Rehearsals will begin in New York City in October.
The production will reflect the work of the original creative team, including Tony-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) and Tony-nominated choreographer Warren Carlyle (Chaplin, Follies, An Evening With Hugh Jackman).
Critics warmed to the production that broke box-office records at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre last Christmas.
A Christmas Story, The Musical marked the Broadway debut of Richard Rodgers Award-winning Dogfight songwriters Pasek and Paul. Joseph Robinette authored the book. The score includes such songs as "Red Ryder," "Ralphie to the Rescue," "A Major Award" and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out."
According to producers, "In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold."
View highlights from the Broadway production below.