Curtain opens on a young boy. It’s Christmastime. The boy stares longingly into middle distance. The swell of music begins, crescendoing into a melancholic wish, and with an angelic voice the boy wishes out loud for that one thing that will make his life complete –
I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Yup. A Christmas Story: The Musical may be coming to a stage near you.
(Peter) Billingsley will executive produce A Christmas Story: The Musical!, a stage musical set for a December 9-30 run in Seattle. Billingsley tells THR, “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals… Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kickline.”
Broadway composers Benj Paske and Justin Paul penned the original score. Billingsley hopes a successful initial run will launch the show to more stages in the future.
And I for one can’t wait to sing along with the politically incorrect Fa-ra-ra-ra-ras of the kitchen staff.
I can almost hear the uproarious crowd pleaser sung by Santa and his elves “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” I can’t wait for the Jerome Robbins inspired choreography during the infamous Scut Farkus affair.
I. Can’t. Wait.
And don’t scoff all you scoffers. Billingsley has produced Iron Man the movie, directed Couples Retreat, and was nominated for an EMMY for producing the television show “Dinner for Five.”
I’m expecting good things. Anyone up for a road trip to Seattle when it premieres?