Theater: A Christmas Story – The Musical

Opened: November 19, 2012

Book by: Joseph Robinette

Music & Lyrics by: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Original Broadway Cast: Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly, Johnny Rabe, Zac Ballard, Joe West, Caroline O’Connor, Tia Altinay, John Babbo, Charissa Bertels, Grace Capeless, Andrew Cristi, Thay Floyd, Nick Gaswirth, Eddie Korbich, Mark Ledbetter, Jose Luaces, Jack Mastrianni, Lindsay O’Neil, Sarah Min-Kyung Park, J.D. Rodriguez, Analise Scarpaci, Lara Seibert Young, Jeremy Shinder, Luke Spring, Beatrice Tulchin & Kirsten Wyatt

Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story follows the tale of young Ralphie (Johnny Rabe) who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. He tries to convince his parents to get it for him, but circumstances keep getting in his way.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this musical. The comedic timing that the cast has is incredible. When I watched the movie, I didn’t feel that and I enjoyed this so much more.

The child cast is absolutely incredible, but one of the best is Luke Spring. You might not notice him until Act II, but his tap dancing skills during “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” will have you comparing him to a young Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.

Final say: A Christmas Story will be added to your yearly traditions. ★★★★☆

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