December 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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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