Believe it or not, I have never seen the movie A Christmas Story. Of course I know iconic moments and I have seen the famous pink bunny suit, tongue on the flag pole and recognize some of the more well known lines, but in its entirety I have not seen it yet. From my fellow audience members, however, I know that the musical absolutely does the movie justice. I mean any show and child that can sing “Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle” seamlessly in a song is pure talent. I was invited to see A Christmas Story, The Musical at The Boch Center’s Wang Theatre for review and I think if is THE show this holiday to bring the family to see. You can get your tickets here and A Christmas Story, The Musical plays through December 19th.
The set pulls you into Ralphie and his family and friends’ lives preparing for Christmas in 1940-ish small town Indiana. There is an especially well done dream sequence and Ralphie’s house has all the right details that take you back in time.
What really hit it out of the Fenway Park for me though was the talented cast. The cast of A Christmas Story, The Musical has a dozen or so very young talented triple threats (1- sing, 2- dance, 3- act). It was one of the most talented young casts I have ever seen. When I started to think of which adult cast members I want to highlight, I first thought of Ralphie’s dad’s outstanding performance, but then his mom was excellent too with a beautiful voice, and then one by one I realized they each brought something special to their roles. This is the show to bring your whole family to this Christmas.
A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at The Boch Center Wang Theatre through December 19th with tickets starting at $25 before heading out of town to Baltimore, MD.