While A Christmas Story is a beloved holiday film from the '80s, it is not an obvious choice to be made into musical. However, the musicalized version of the film, now playing on Broadway, has been adapted faithfully, adoringly and smashingly!
Consider this to be the quirkier and more adult holiday show, the boozy cousin to Elf.
The musical features a beautiful score by new Broadway wunderkids Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Their songs are timeless and memorable - and several could exist beautifully outside the world of this show. It is everything that Bring It On is not!
The stage adaptation may have been a touch TOO faithful to the movie, as Act 1 felt a bit heavy on the dialogue. But that's a minor note.
John Rando staged a beautiful show, with some truly fabulous production number and a great cast of adults and super talented kids.
You can rarely go wrong with a bunch of kids singing and dancing REALLY WELL! It just wins audiences over!
If you loved A Christmas Story growing up, then you will not be disappointed with the new Broadway musical. Run and see it now before it closes at the end of December!