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Play Review

Wednesday, 16 November, 2011 10:17 PM

'A Christmas Story, The Musical' is a big hit at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo credit: “Don Ipock and Kansas City Rep”

"The Old Man with Leg Lamp" part of the musical

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- "A Christmas Story, The Musical," hits the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. The musical began at 7:30 p.m. As the story begins, the stage is set with a radio station desk, microphone and an "on air" lighted sign. "Welcome to the Jean Shepherd Show" from WOR Radio in Manhattan. The radio announcer tells his Christmas story as he was a young child in the 1940's on Cleveland Street in his hometown in Indiana.

The scene begins as kids are looking into Higbee's Department Store at the toys, and Ralphie (played by Clarke Hallum) spots a Red Ryder Rifle.

The next day, the kids get ready to go to school and Ralphie and his brother, Randy (played by Matthew Lewis) wears a snowsuit that is so big and padded, he can't move his arms. As they walk to school with the other kids, he falls down and can't get up. Then the two bullies arrive on the scene, picking on all the kids.

When class begins, the teacher announced the assignment for the day. "What do you want for Christmas?" she asks. "Oh boy, here's my chance to write about the Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle BB gun," said Ralphie.

During recess at school, there was the double dog dare to put your tongue on the flagpole. Classes resume and Flick (played by Nicholas Daniel Gonzalez) was stuck to the flagpole. It was a sticky, sticky situation.

Next came the leg lamp scene, which was hilarious.

After school, the family went out to pick out a Christmas tree. The car got a flat tire. Ralphie was helping his father with the tire and lost the lug nuts. He said the dreaded f--- word. When they got home, his mother put a bar of soap in his mouth.

There was a 15-minute intermission.

School resumes and Ralphie gives the teacher a Christmas fruit basket, hoping to get extra "pluses" on his "What do you want for Christmas?" theme paper. He got a plus all right, a C+.

During recess, the bullies arrive again. A fight ensues. Ralphie had the bully running for the hills.

Back at Higbee's Department Store, Ralphie has his chance to tell Santa about his request for the Red Ryder air rifle. Santa says "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

Christmas Eve came and the boys couldn't sleep. They were awaiting Santa. They figured he was "somewhere hovering over Indiana". The show ended at 9:50 p.m.

There were 23 musical numbers throughout the play. The cast is superb and the set changes were fabulous.

Peter Billingsley, who actually played Ralphie in the classic 1983 movie of the same name, is producer of this musical.

Brighten your holidays and see "A Christmas Story, the Musical." It is very entertaining for the entire family. Now playing until November 27 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of "A Christmas Story, The Musical!" range from $29 - $79 (includes parking and facility fees) and are on sale now at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats will be available at the box office only.

 

Photo credit: “Don Ipock and Kansas City Rep”

The "Ralphie To The Rescue" musical number

 

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