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‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ comes the Hippodrome

Myles Moore knew exactly what he needed to do two years ago after accepting the role to play Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story:” watch the film.

“I had heard of the movie, but I had never seen it,” Moore, a 13-year-old from Spartanburg, S.C., said. “I went and watched it on TV and I loved it.”

Myles Moore

Myles Moore

Moore returns as the iconic 9-year-old who covets a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in the tale that has become a staple of the holiday season. But this time, the story that’s known for its use of a leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas, a crazy department store Santa and of course, a triple-dog-dare of licking a frozen flagpole, is a musical at the Hippodrome from Dec. 6-11. Tickets start at $42.

“We are taking the movie and putting it under a new light and bringing all of the characters to life,” said Moore, who rotates playing the bespectacled Ralphie with Austin Molinaro. “We have all of the iconic moments and we have incredible musical numbers and it’s beautifully choreographed.”

Set in the 1940s, “A Christmas Story” became a holiday staple shortly after it hit the silver screen in 1983 and it has become as synonymous with the holiday season as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus.

Christopher Swan

Christopher Swan

In 2012, the movie was transformed into a Broadway musical and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

“The movie was tailor-made to be a musical,” said Christopher Swan, who returns as the Old Man for the second straight season. “The movie has moments that are made for music and dancing. It’s filled with humor, and family and friends that all come across on stage.

The two-hour, two-act show is filled with music from start to finish, including songs such as “Ralphie to the Rescue,” “Up on Santa’s Lap” and “Just Like That,” which makes it enjoyable for all ages.

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun in "A Christmas Story."

All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun in “A Christmas Story.”

“It’s a very upbeat musical and a lot of fun,” Moore said. “The movie has a lot of fans so the audience expects a lot. It was great that last year we had some people show up wearing bunny pajamas.”

Susannah Jones plays Ralphie’s mom, while Chris Carsten returns to play radio personality and narrator Jean Shepherd. Arick Brooks plays Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, while Angelica Richie is Miss Shields. Andrew Berlin is Santa, Sydney Chan is the waitress, Jessica Crilley is an elf, Josh Davis is Schwartz, K’Lynn Jackman is Nancy, Allie Kiesel is Mary Beth, Joey Little is Grover Dill and Wyatt Oswald is Flick. The show also uses real-life dogs in the scene in which the hounds ruin the Parker’s dinner.

Matt Lenz directs the performance, which uses a score created by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, while the design is overseen by Mike Carnahan (scenic), Lisa Zinni (costume) and Charlie Morrison (lighting.)

“As a cast, our goal is to not replicate the movie,” Swan said. “We are just trying to take the movie and put a cherry on top of it.”

 

If You Go

What: A Christmas Story, The Musical

When: Dec. 6-11

Where: Hippodrome

Times:  Dec. 9-9: 8 p.m.; Dec. 10: 2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 11: 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: http://www.france-merrickpac.com/index.php


About the author

Jon Gallo

Jon Gallo is an award-winning journalist and editor with 19 years of experience, including stints as a staff writer at The Washington Post and sports editor at The Baltimore Examiner. He also believes the government should declare federal holidays in honor of the following: the Round of 64 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament; the Friday of the Sweet 16; the Monday after the Super Bowl; and of course, the day after the release of the latest Madden NFL video game. Contact the author.
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