A Christmas Story, The Musical Studio Cast Album Is Released Sept. 25
By Adam Hetrick
The studio cast album of A Christmas Story, The Musical, featuring a score by Richard Rodgers Award-winning Dogfight songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, is released digitally Sept. 25 by Masterworks Broadway. The new musical will arrive on Broadway Nov. 5 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The 18-track studio album was recorded last year when A Christmas Story played a five-city U.S. tour. The album features a mix of performers from that tour and special guests from Broadway.
The album features John Bolton as The Old Man and Clarke Hallum as Ralphie and their fellow cast members from the 2011 tour, as well as Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway (Baby, Miss Saigon) as Mother and Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat (Catch Me If You Can, Annie Get Your Gun) as Jean Shepherd.
Bolton is repeating his work in the Broadway production. He will be joined by Erin Dilly (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Mother, Caroline O'Connor (Chicago, Mack and Mabel, "Moulin Rouge") as school teacher Miss Shields, Eddie Korbich (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked) as Santa Claus and Zac Ballard (Oliver! at Irish Rep) as little brother Randy. Dan Lauria, who last appeared in the title role of Lombardi, will portray narrator Jean Shepherd.
Casting for the role of Ralphie has not been announced.
The cast album is first being released digitally Sept. 25 followed by an Oct. 22 in-store arrival.
The musical will officially open Nov. 19. The run is currently scheduled through Dec. 30.
A Christmas Story, The Musical has orchestrations by 2011 Tony nominee Larry Blank (Catch Me If You Can, The Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas), musical supervision by Ian Eisendrath and dance arrangements by Glen Kelly.
Tony-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) and Tony-nominated choreographer Warren Carlyle (Chaplin, Follies, An Evening With Hugh Jackman) helm the production.
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."
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