A Christmas Story – The Musical: A review

There are a lot of reasons I like to blog. One of them is for the opportunities that my family and I get, that under normal circumstances we wouldn’t do. My kids are 3, 5, &7. Let’s face it, they’re not really theater material. I would not under any circumstances pay to take these three little hellions to the theater. You know, with the general public. OMG. Am I crazy?

In comes the email with the A Christmas Story pitch. I think to myself -Are you kidding me? But I say yes anyway. Thinking that if I only take the 7 year old it’s totally worth it. My husband and I have been talking about taking him to a show. He’s been taking drama and hip hop and tap for two years. We figure he should see what his hard work could lead him to one day…if he wants.

The day of the show came and I decided that we would all go. If someone misbehaved we would take them out end of story. Wanna hear something amazing – they were awesome! Complete strangers told us so, at intermission and after the show. My kids. Amazingly well behaved. In public. In a theater.

I would like to give credit where credit is due (MEEEEEEEEEE!!!) and say that the production was so well done that it held everyone’s attention for 2.5 hours. Everyone. The 3 yo started to slip towards the end, but each time I would direct his gaze to the stage and say something about the play and he was back.

The sets, the music, the actors, the dancing, the jokes, actual dogs running across the stage. It was such a great show. I will tell you that if you don’t swear in front of your kids at home you may not enjoy a few bits. They say smart ass and sex. And allude to the F word for an entire scene. (If we’re being honest here my kids MAY have heard a swear once or twice, or 100 times. I don’t know. It’s all a profanity laced blur much like The Old Man :-)

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My favorite dance number.

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Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.

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The triple dog dare tongue to the pole scene.

 

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One of my favorite additions to the musical was the character development of the mom. As a mom it really touched my heart.

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The whole amazingly talented cast. Please note how many kids are pictured there. So many with such great careers ahead of them, but god they must be tired.

So if you like the theater or like A Christmas Story- The Movie ,you will love this show.

If you’re looking for something other than or in addition to The Nutcracker this holiday season this is the show for you. You can still get 15% off using the code LEGLAMP here!

Another reason I love blogging? I got this message from the winner of the tickets as soon as she got home:

Thank you so much for the tickets to see A Christmas Story!! My husband & I brought our two daughters tonight and it was fantastic! We are huge fans of the original movie, so I was a little nervous about how they made it into a musical. It did not disappoint. What a great show! We got the extra benefit that the family of the boy who played Randy was seated directly behind us & they shared their story & lifestyle with us since joining the cast.
We all had such a great time – so Thank You very much!
Her winning comment picked at random:
Every Christmas Eve, after all my family leaves, I turn on the tv & start watching the 24 hours of A Christmas Story. I’m usually finishing wrapping presents. When we get up in the morning we have it on all morning while we open gifts! I think all of us could quote the entire movie!

I got to grant a little Christmas wish. Mmmmm warm fuzzy.

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