A Christmas Story, The Musical!: Start A New Holiday Tradition
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Throughout the many lives of Natalie Merchant -- as lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs in the '80s, as the platinum-plated solo act in the '90s, as one of the new millennium's most ambitious and avant-garde musicians -- one thing has remained the same: her uncompromising artistry. With a voice that quivers with a rare emotional intensity (and intelligence), Merchant inflects every song with poetry and power, lifting hits like "Because the Night," "Carnival," "Wonder" and "Jealousy" to the level of art. Now she is touring in support of one of the most hotly anticipated releases in years, the self-titled and self-produced Natalie Merchant, which NPR recently praised for giving "full rein" to Merchant's "stronger than ever" voice. Now this consummate artist appears live at The Chicago Theatre. Learn More
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Since we loved the film and Jean Shepherd, we worried we might not like the musical. We were wrong - it was great! I think Jean himself would approve. The lyrics were perfect, the whole treatment was very respectful of Shepherd and his gem of a Christmas story. The audience ate it up!
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“Highly recommended. … An enchanting holiday gem …” -Chicago Sun-Times
“3.5 stars. … The cast is both experienced and stellar.” -Chicago Tribune
“Holiday fun with exceptionally great performances, and so much song and dance sparkle, it could put your eye out! I double dog dare you ‘not’ to have a good time.” —Dean Richards, WGN TV & Radio
Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. Set in the 1940’s in the fictional town of Hulman, Indiana, A Christmas Story tells of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas.
The biggest obstacle standing in his way is his mother’s fear that “You’ll shoot your eye out!” But Ralphie is a man with a mission, and he hatches a series of schemes designed to win his coveted holiday prize.
Along the way, he has to deal with his annoying little brother, a friend with his tongue frozen to a lamppost, a yellow-eyed bully, a cantankerous department store Santa, the neighbors’ dogs, his old man’s obsession with a “major award” he’s won in a contest, his mom’s militant defense of her Christmas turkey, a smoke-belching furnace, and an untimely, four-lettered slip of his tongue.
A Christmas Story is based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. With songs both funny and sentimental by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story captures every child’s imagination with deliciously wicked wit, a nostalgic eye, and a heart of gold.