‘Tis the Season! A Christmas Story, The Musical has opened in Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. I received a set of tickets to grab a sneak peek of the performance.
I am finicky about theater. I don’t always love what everyone else loves, and I get fidgety towards the end of a long performance. So when I arrived at the theatre and heard that the show was 2.5 hours long, I had a moment of angst. All the worry was for nothing because I was entertained the entire time. The 2.5 hours flew by.
The musical is based on the very popular The Christmas Story movie. If you don’t know the story, it’s set in 1940s Indiana and focuses on young Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. The audience gets to see Ralphie go through scene after scene of trying to get the message across to his parents and Santa that he MUST have this BB gun.
A quick note for parents. There is a lot of gun play, some fresh language including a few “pretend” f-bombs, and some adult humor. All more than likely would go over the heads of the smallest kiddos, but if you have a little one that likes to pick up certain phrases and run with them, be aware. That being said, there were lots of kiddos in the audience that made it through the whole performance including one small one that let out a magical gasp at just the right time.
The cast of the musical is amazing and includes the story narrator Dan Lauria of Wonder Years fame, Broadway veteran John Bolton as the dad, and Tony award nominee Erin Dilly as the mom. There were a number of kids in the cast including Jake Lucas as Ralphie and tap dance phenom Luke Spring. As a group, the kids cast is extremely talented and very impressive.
Overall, A Christmas Story, The Musical is a fabulous addition to the Boston holiday lineup.
A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 for 27 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
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