The well-received Broadway musical based on the classic holiday movie is back for an encore production....December 11-29 at the cavernous, family-friendly Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The Off-Broadway production of A Christmas Story: the Musical closed December 29, 2013. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
Set in small town Indiana in the early 40s, "A Christmas Story" follows the bespectacled Ralphie Parker's desperate quest to ensure that an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle ends up under his Christmas tree.
This musical opened on Broadway in 2012 and enjoyed a successful, critically-acclaimed run. You can read excerpts from the 2012 reviews here. The show received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score.
Jake Lukas from the Broadway cast of "Newsies" will play Ralphie. Dan Lauria from TV's "Wonder Years," and Broadway veterans John Bolton and Erin Dilly will reprise their roles as the narrator (Lauria) and Ralphie's long-suffering parents (Bolton and Dilly).
The "Theater at MSG" was carved out of the basement of the legendary arena about 20 years ago, and for many years hosted an annual production of "A Christmas Carol." The atmosphere is halfway between hockey game and Broadway show....obviously, the pricier your seats, the closer you will be to the latter.
The film version of "A Christmas Story," based on the stories of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, was largely overlooked when it was released in 1983. Thanks to annual broadcasts on the TBS cable network (sometimes in a 24-hour marathon format), the film has become a holiday classic.