Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (11/19/2012 - 12/30/2012)

First Preview: Nov 07, 2012
Opening Date: Nov 19, 2012
Closing Date: Dec 30, 2012
Total Previews: 15
Total Performances: 51

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino Jr., Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas and Bradford W. Smith; Produced with permission of Warner Bros.Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Dalfie Entertainment, Inc.; Associate Producer: Vincent G. Palumbo, Dancap Productions, Inc., Jeffrey Jackson and Ric Zivic

World premiere produced by Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Eric Rosen: Artistic Director; Jerry Genochio: Producing Director; Cynthia Rider, Managing Director); Subsequently produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Executive Producer and Artistic Director; Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director; Bill Berry, Producing Director)

Book by Joseph Robinette; Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Music orchestrated by Larry Blank; Dance Music Arrangements by Glen Kelly; Vocal arrangements by Justin Paul; Based upon the motion picture "A Christmas Story" by Turner Entertainment Co.; Film distributed by Warner Brothers; Film written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; "In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd; Musical Director: Ian Eisendrath; Associate Musical Dir.: Cynthia Kortman Westphal

Directed by John Rando; Choreographed by Warren Carlyle; Associate Choreographer: James Gray

Scenic Design by Walt Spangler; Costume Design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy; Lighting Design by Howell Binkley; Sound Design by Ken Travis; Hair and Wig Design by Tom Watson; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara

General Manager: Corker Group, LLC and John S. Corker; Company Manager: Barbara Crompton

Technical Supervisor: Fred Gallo; Production Stage Manager: Peter Wolf; Stage Manager: Amy Gornet

Musical Supervisor: Ian Eisendrath; Musical Coordinator: Talitha Fehr and TL Music International; Conducted by Ian Eisendrath; Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2: Cynthia Kortman Westphal; Keys 1: Michael Gacetta; Reeds: Dane Andersen, Jim Ercole, Charles Pillow, Chad Smith and Braden Toan; Trumpets: John Chudoba and James de la Garza; Trombones: Alan Ferber, Marc Donatelle and Vinny Fanuele; Bass/Acoustic: Joe Bongiorno; Harp: Lynette Wardle; Guitar/Banjo: Andy Schwartz; Percussion: Paul Hansen; Drums: Larry Lelli; Music Preparation: Donald Oliver and Chelsea Music Services, Inc.

Casting: Stephanie Klapper, CSA; Animal Trainer: William Berloni; Press Representative: Keith Sherman & Associates; Advertising: AKA; Marketing: AKA; Photographer: Carol Rosegg; Dance Captain: Mara Newbery; Fight Captain: Mathew deGuzman

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Opening Night Cast

Dan LauriaJean Shepherd
Zac BallardRandy
John BoltonThe Old Man
Erin DillyMother
Caroline O'ConnorMiss Shields
Johnny RabeRalphie
Joe West
at certain performances
Ralphie
Alternate
Tia AltinayEnsemble
John BabboGrover Dill
Goggles Kid
Ensemble
Charissa BertelsEnsemble
Grace CapelessChild
Nancy
Ensemble
Andrew CristiChief Elf
Waiter
Ensemble
Thay FloydDelivery Man
Fireman
Ensemble
Nick GaswirthEnsemble
Eddie KorbichSanta Claus
Doctor
Ensemble
Mark LedbetterFantasy Villain
Delivery Man
Policeman
Ensemble
LilyBumpus Hound
Jose LuacesEnsemble
Jack MastrianniEnsemble
Scut Farkus
Lindsay O'NeilFlick's Mother
Ensemble
Sarah Min-Kyung ParkChild
Waitress
Ensemble
PeteBumpus Hound
J. D. RodriguezSchwartz
Ensemble
Analise ScarpaciEsther Jane
Ensemble
Lara SeibertEnsemble
Jeremy ShinderFlick
Ensemble
Luke SpringChild
Ensemble
Beatrice TulchinMary Beth
Ensemble
Kirsten WyattNurse
Mrs. Schwartz
Chief Elf
Ensemble

Swings: Zoe Considine, Mathew deGuzman, George Franklin and Mara Newbery

Understudies: John Babbo (Randy), Charissa Bertels (Miss Shields), Eddie Korbich (The Old Man), Mark Ledbetter (Jean Shepherd), Lindsay O'Neil (Mother) and Joe West (Ralphie)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2013 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino Jr., Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas and Bradford W. Smith

 2013 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Joseph Robinette

 2013 Best Original Score Written for the Theatre [nominee] 

Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Drama Desk Award

 2013 Outstanding Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino Jr., Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas and Bradford W. Smith

 2013 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Joseph Robinette

 2013 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

John Bolton

 2013 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Warren Carlyle

 2013 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Blank

 2013 Outstanding Music [nominee] 

Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Songs

music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

ACT 1 Sung By
It All Comes Down to Christmas
(music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul )
Ralphie, The Parkers and Ensemble
Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun Ralphie and Jean
It All Comes Down to Christmas (Reprise)
(music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul )
Ralphie and Company
The Genius on Cleveland Street
(music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul )
The Old Man and Mother
When You're a WimpKids
Ralphie to the RescueRalphie, Miss Shields, The Old Man, Mother, Randy and Ensemble
What a Mother DoesMother
A Major AwardThe Old Man, Mother and Neighbors
Parker Family SingalongThe Parkers
ACT 2 Sung By
Sticky SituationRalphie, Flick, Schwartz, Kids, Miss Shields, Nurse, Flick's Mom, Fireman, Policeman and Doctor
You'll Shoot Your Eye Out
(music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul )
Miss Shields and Kids
Just Like ThatMother
At Higbee'sElves
Up on Santa's LapSanta , Elves, Ralphie, Randy and Kids
Before the Old Man Comes HomeThe Parkers
Somewhere Hovering Over IndianaRalphie, Randy and Kids
Ralphie to the Rescue (Reprise) Ralphie and Ensemble
A Christmas StoryThe Parkers and Full Company

Reviews


AP: "Musical of 'A Christmas Story' is joyous"

We've all seen the scene in "A Christmas Story" when the kid gets his tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole. Now on Broadway is that very same scene – plus the kid actually singing through it, or at least trying to sing.

"Sthlun luv a...," he mumbles at the end.

It's just one great touch in a musical that dares to mess with one of the most popular Christmas-time movies of all time and yet manages to not only do the film justice, but top it.

The show that opened Monday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is a charming triumph of imagination that director John Rando has infused with utter joy. It's also a snappy piece of mature songwriting from a pair of guys barely as old as the original 1983 film.

The duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are making their Broadway debuts with a score that is funny, nostalgic, warm and tender. Among the best tunes are "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana," "Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun" and "Ralphie to the Rescue."

The book by Joseph Robinette honors the film – yes, the bright pink bunny suit and Chinese restaurant are both still there, as are most of the iconic moments – while adding zaniness.

That stocking-clad plastic lamp leg that makes dad so happy? In the musical, multiple lamps come out onstage to, naturally, create a kick-line. The Bumpus hounds? Here, they're real, two dogs bounding across the stage, adding a jolt of delight. The flagpole scene seems better when everyone is singing "Sticky Situation."

For those of you who have managed to avoid this particular Christmas staple, the film and musical are based on writer and radio-TV personality Jean Shepherd's semiautobiographical story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker's desperate attempt to land an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings from everyone that he'll shoot his eye out.

The cast is led by a multi-talented Johnny Rabe as Ralphie – some performances star Joe West in the role – and a cast of skillful children, who can give the kids over at "Annie" a run for their money. One from the ensemble – 9-year-old tap dancing prodigy Luke Spring – brings the house down during a fantasy scene in a children's speakeasy.

Warren Carlyle's inspired choreography manages to cut the sweetness with funny tart moments, such as the use of slow motion as a nod to the musical's roots, or pyramids of people slightly off-kilter or manic elves at a department store.

Dan Lauria, who played the dad in "The Wonder Years," stars as the narrator and doesn't have to work too hard, yet he brings a throwback warmth and sad shake of his head that adds instant nostalgia.

An elastic John Bolton gets hysterically obsessed and flustered as the Old Man. Erin Dilly plays the mother with lovely grace and does a beautiful job with the touching song "What a Mother Does." Caroline O'Connor is comedic gold as the daffy school teacher.

At a recent preview, the audience seemed well-versed with the film and anticipatory laughs swirled even before well-known scenes had begun, but rarely did the new version fall flat. Purists may be upset to miss some film elements – such as Ralphie's decoder ring – but few will walk away thinking "A Christmas Story" has been dishonored, itself a little Christmas miracle.


AP
11/19/2012

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(11/19/2012 - 12/30/2012)

Cast

Alexa Niziak
Ensemble
Mary Beth


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