'Christmas Story' star turns classic into musical
December 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

'Christmas Story' star turns classic into musical

The star of the 1983 film classic "A Christmas Story" has an early present for fans - he's turned the beloved movie into a stage musical.

Beginning today through December 30, "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" will run at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, re-telling the story of Ralphie Parker, a 9-year-old on a mission for a Red Ryder BB gun, and featuring an original score from Broadway composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Executive producer Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the movie, tells the Hollywood Reporter, “'A Christmas Story' has always meant a lot to me personally. 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.”

In fact, Billingsley, who is pals with Vince Vaughn and directed 2009's "Couples Retreat," says he hopes to bring the play to more theaters.

"Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kick line," he says.

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  1. iglicari

    aha sem nasel tole Popravila oblacil

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Heycarrieann

    WOW! Those eyes! What was going to say? Oh yeah,nothing says christmas like Ralphie in a bunny suit! I hope it come to NYC, because my husband and I will definitely be first in line to buy tickets.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frances

    Once December 1st rolled around, my kids, now 22 and 25, watched that movie every day til Christmas...sometimes twice. We looooooove it!! oh fuuuuudge...hilarious!! best Christmas movie ever!!

    December 2, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Samantha

    holy moly ralphie, so glad you didn't shoot those gorgeous eyes out. help, i'm melting~~~~~

    December 2, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nicely

    Ralphie has certainly grown up ! We also watch the movie each year –it would be nice if the musical took off to other cities in the future.Happy Holidays !!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Marc

    My wife and I saw it on opening night last Friday and loved it. I'm a huge fan of the movie and really hope the musical is a hit.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Smarter than you

    I wish people on here would learn how to spell, you make yourselves sound so stupid.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Samantha

      the stupidest ones are the ones that actually care if someone mistypes a word. I may just tipe mi wuds rong jest 2 driive u cwazy:)

      December 2, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. dank

    cudos for the life of your past youths.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dank

    thanks for allowing me re-live my past youth

    December 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Can't be too good, heard they canned the director today.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jessica goff

    me and my family have watched this movie for aslong as i can remember, and like some we spend all day watching it, it has become the christmas story of our holidays for sure! i cannot wait to tell my parents about the show in seattle! maybe that could become new tradition for us who knows. all i can sayis it a movie that never gets old no matter how many times you watch it this month,( me prob 50 plus). i hope the play will be the same, good luck! oh yeah, THOSE EYE, WHOOOO!

    December 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LOIS

    I LIVE IN INDIANA, THE SETTING FOR THE CHRISTMAS STORY.......LOOK FORWARD TO THE MUSICAL BEING SHOWN HERE.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tray

    This is my fave x-mas movie ever....i have the dvd special...i hope it comes to my city

    December 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michele

    Wow ill admit i never liked that movie ever. it was boring as hell for me but i do respect that it is a classic. and i do love a good classic. i personally love the old scrooge

    December 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kate

    If you are ever in Cleveland, Ralphie's house is now a museum and tourist site. It's a gas to go through it and see the bunny suit under the tree and the Life Buoy soap in the bathroom! The most fun was when we bought our own Leg Lamps!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dave

    This is great, bring this paly to New Jersey and Philadelphia area, I will be there. My brother and I watch is movie all christmas day since we were kids and we still do as adults together. Without the christmas story it would be christmas for us. Great job.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Chris

    Saw the play on the 28th. It was great. We watch "You'll shoot your eye out" 2 or 3 times every holiday season.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • StephC

      Wow! He's adorable! Best Xmas movie ever- "Deck the halls with bows of how-ry, Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra".

      December 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Heathen

    Buffalo, New York's theatre community would welcome this play!

    December 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kat

    Well well well..... those eyes grew up. ;) Love the "Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kick line," he says.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mike

    Benj Pasek* not Paske. Thanks!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tmac

    Awesome!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jennifer

    Dang, Ralphie-how YOU doin'?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      Lmao!! Ok Wendy Williams! But...yeah...wasn't expecting him to look this good at all!

      December 2, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  23. kiki

    I am going to see this. I will be home for Christmas...so excited that it's going to be in Seattle.
    http://thefashioncamp.com

    December 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mel B

    Still a great movie! And my gosh, those eyes!! Hello!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • karyn southwell

      You are soo right! I watch this movie every holiday season!! At least 2 or 3 times!

      December 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LBW

    He's still got those killer blue eyes. Hope his play makes it.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |

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