A Christmas Story - The Musical
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The much-loved 1983 film A Christmas Story is adapted into stage musical form and captured on this soundtrack album, featuring cast members along with guest Broadway stars Tom Wopat and Liz Callaway. Composed by the Richard Rodgers Award-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, these 18 songs recreate the innocence of 1940s-era America as they tell the story of young Ralphie Parker’s holiday dreams. The sparkling lyrics and buoyant melodies harken back to Broadway’s heyday with a touch of ‘60s teen pop evident as well. Clarke Hallum as Ralphie displays a precocious singing talent as he delivers “Counting Down to Christmas” and “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” with gusto. Callaway take the spotlight for the wry “What a Mother Does,” while John Bolton shines with comedic panache on “A Major Award.” Tom Wopat holds the show together with style as narrator Jean Shepherd. Other highlights here include “At Higby’s” (a genial vocal-group number), “A Kid at Christmas” (full of jazzy swing) and “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” (a big, bright ballad). Filled with nostalgia and spiced with wit.
You should click buy before your eyes can read this review… Um…. Anyone who hesitates on a Pasek and Paul purchase is crazy… In addition it's Liz Callaway!!!! What are you waiting for^@(*#&$^(@#*&$^ P.S. Where is my Dogfight recording with Lindsay???
The Seattle Cast
"A Christmas Story: The Musical" premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in December of 2010. That cast is the cast of this recording, and the children are the best child singers you have ever heard. The orchestrations are fantastic, the overture is gorgeous, and of course the songs are catchy as hell. Buy this musical - it's one of the best new musicals out right now.
Additionally, I'm not at all biased, being the brother of the boy who plays Grover Dill on the recording. : )
But seriously, buy this now.
Great show, terrible recording
The show is great, this subpar recording from two years ago with a regional cast unfortunately is not (especially compared to the stellar cast in the current broadway run) This version is missing songs, have lyrics that have since been cut and old arrangements.