A Christmas Story: The Musical opens tonight in Kansas and is hoping to make a Broadway bow in 2010. From Playbill:
Scott Davenport Richards penned the score to the musical based on the Jean Shepherd stories and the 1983 MGM film. The libretto is by Joseph Robinette…. Based on the stories of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, the classic holiday story follows Ralphie Parker, whose holiday wish is a Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. The 1940s-set comedy follows Ralphie through his holiday campaign for the gift of his dreams, complete with a visit to Santa at Higbee’s Department Store, a racy lamp, the family’s exploding furnace, an experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost and more. Songs in the production include “Getting Ready for Christmas,” “Take That!,” “I Won (A Major Award),” “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!,” “Ho, Ho, Ho!,” “I’m Awake,” “On Christmas, We Go Eat Chinese” and “There Must Be Something We’ve Forgotten.”
Apparently there was a New York reading of this last year. So… are we eventually going to end up in a world where regular shows on Broadway shut down for the Christmas productions?