A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam St.
Fri: 7 p.m. Sat: 2 p.m. Sat, Dec.27: 7 p.m. Sun: 2 p.m..
Delightful songs decorate this stage version of the fun-filled 1983 seasonal favorite movie about Ralphie, his yearning for a weapon which could shoot his eye out and his Old Man’s triumphant prize of a sensational lamp. Legendary radio storyteller and Playboy writer Jean Shepherd based this on his own childhood whose narrative backgrounds the story, this time interpreted by local radio personality Dave Wingert. The music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, creators of songs for a theatre take on Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach as well as for off-Broadway’s Dogfight (2012) and others for NBC-TV’s Smash. Script – writer Joseph Robinette also came up with a musical based on E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Jerry Brabec leads the 10-member orchestra. “Cute, corny, wholesome and sentimental… but it also packs ample heart.” (David Rooney,The Hollywood Reporter). Holy Moley! Tis the season to be jolly.