Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ralphie Joins Aimee on Broadway this Fall

John Bolton (center) & company in A Christmas Story, The Musical!

Photo Credit Carol Rosegg

Just days after the news that Kathy Lee Gifford’s musical, “Scandalous” would be debuting on Broadway this fall, similar news was announced on July 27 for “A Christmas Story, the Musical.” What makes this news unique is that both musicals made their debuts in Seattle, Washington at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

The 5th Avenue’s Resident Music Supervisor and Director of New Works, Ian Eisendrath, will move the show to Broadways’ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre November 5 to December 30. Opening night is Monday, November 19.

Clarke Hallum in
A Christmas Story, The Musical! 
 “We could not be prouder of Ian and “A Christmas Story” and their shared journey to Broadway,” said The 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. “From the first moment that we heard Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s innovative book and delightful score, we knew the show would have a fantastic future. Seattle audiences loved the show in 2010. We know Broadway audiences will love it this Christmas.”

“A Christmas Story, The Musical!” is based upon the 1983 cult classic motion picture “A Christmas Story” which was written by Jean Shepherd. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that it deals with a little boy named Ralphie and his desperate quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun, his epic battle with the school bully, and the infamous leg lamp his father receives that scandalizes the neighborhood. Peter Billingsley, star of the beloved 1983 holiday film, will again join commercial producers in bringing the musical to Broadway.
John Bolton in
A Christmas Story, The Musical!
“A Christmas Story, The Musical!” had its premiere in Seattle during the Christmas season of 2010. Then the hit went on a five-city tour during the 2011 holiday season beginning in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and ending in Chicago, Illinois. It makes the seventh 5th Avenue Theatre premiere to move on to Broadway. Others include “Scandalous: The Life and Times of Aimee Semple McPherson,” “Hairspray,” “Memphis,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Wedding Singer.”  These shows have accrued a combined 14 Tony Awards, with “Hairspray” and “Memphis” each earning Tony Awards for Best Musical.  

In the last ten years, The 5th Avenue Theatre has produced 13 new musicals, and recently announced the development of The Musical Theater Laboratory, a new works program designed to support new musicals at all stages of development. (Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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