The hit musical adaptation of the beloved seasonal classic film ‘A Christmas Story’ launches a five-city tour starting this November. Producers have announced Hershey, PA (Nov. 8-13, Hershey Theatre), Detroit, MI (Nov. 15-27, Fisher Theatre), Raleigh, NC (Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, Memorial Auditorium), Tampa, FL (Dec. 6-11, Straz Center) and Chicago, IL (Dec. 14-30, Chicago Theatre) as the cities included in the short trek.
The cast includes John Bolton (the Old Man) and Clarke Hallum, who will be reprising his critically acclaimed portrayal of the famous Ralphie, who just wanted a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas but had to get pass through a lot of quirky and somewhat horrific stuff – thanks to his wild and larger-than-life imagination. Bolton and Hallum have appeared in the musical’s highly raved Seattle production last season. Joining the two actors are Matthew Lewis who will once again fill the shoes of little Randy, Gene Weygandt of ‘Wicked’ fame as Jean Shepherd, and Rachel Bay Jones of ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ fame as the Mother.
‘A Christmas Story’ is written for the stage by Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The five-city trek is produced by Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the original film, and will be helmed onstage by Tony Award winner John Rando.