A Christmas Story, The Musical On Broadway

Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas:

An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas.

Directed by Tony Award®-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, this new Broadway musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.




2013 Tony Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical (Joseph Robinette)
Best Original Score (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

2013 Drama Desk Nominations

Outstanding Musical
Featured Actor in a Musical (John Bolton)
Outstanding Music (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)
Outstanding Choreography (Warren Carlyle)
Outstanding Book of a Musical (Joseph Robinette)
Outstanding Orchestrations (Larry Blank)

2013 Outer Critics Circle

Outstanding Broadway Musical
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Lauria)

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“You’d have to have a Grinch-size heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face…Mr. Pasek and Mr. Paul have provided a likable, perky score that duly translates all of the major episodes in the story into appropriate musical numbers…I was dazzled.”
-Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“An unexpectedly delightful Broadway musical with a slew of sprightly songs by Broadway newcomers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Try enough times to turn a beloved holiday movie into a Broadway franchise and eventually one of them has to score. This is the one. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s songs are always sprightly, cleverly staged and with a touch of self-parody — A new holiday tradition is born.”
-Richard Zoglin, Time Magazine
(Named one of the Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2012 by Time Magazine)

“Brightly crafted, briskly executed…The musical’s creative team – which also includes rising composer/lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose potent adaptation of a very different film, Dogfight, earned kudos off-Broadway – brings a combination of wacky humor and folksy charm that succeeds on its own terms [and] retains the humor and charm of its sources. Instantly accessible and consistently appealing.”
-Elysa Gardner, USA Today
(Tied for #1 Musical of 2012 by USA Today)

“This tuner boasts a heartwarming but wise story, an impressive score by Broadway newcomers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, canny staging and a series of laugh-out-loud production numbers. Most impressive of all perhaps are the young songwriters. From their bravura 12-minute opening sequence — which artfully sets the scene, introduces the characters and sets the plot in motion — through the gentle Christmas Day anthem that wraps up the proceedings (and opens the tear ducts), they are consistently on target. While other writers might have penned a cliche about waiting up for Santa Claus, Pasek and Paul have the kids picture him “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana,” a poetic but perfect image. Song after song soars.”
-Steven Suskin, Variety

“Fans of A Christmas Story can breathe easy: The charming musical that opened last night on Broadway succeeds both as an adaptation and on its own terms. This is a sweet, funny holiday outing, the rare family entertainment that doesn’t feel like a soulless, dumbed-down corporate product. Equal parts warmth and rambunctious humor. The new material is perfectly incorporated into the familiar frame, most notably Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s zippy score, which is old-fashioned in the best way possible. You may have “Ralphie to the Rescue!” stuck in your head for a while. Yes, youcan hit a bull’s-eye with a BB gun.”
-Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“It dares to mess with one of the most popular Christmastime movies of all time and yet manages to not only do the film justice, but also top it. It is an auspicious Broadway debut from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriters we will all hear a lot from in the future…a charming triumph of imagination…infused with utter joy…a snappy piece of mature songwriting from a pair of guys barely as old as the original 1983 film. The duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are making their Broadway debuts with a score that is funny, nostalgic, warm and tender. A little Christmas miracle.”
– Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
(Named one of the Top 10 Theatre Moments of 2012 by the AP)

“A surefire charmer of a score by young composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A Christmas Story is what happens when rare respect for source material meets utter sincerity and unimpeachable talent. Shepherd possessed that timeless, Twainian slant on the human condition, capable of perennially warming the heart without clogging it full of treacle. Pasek and Paul, working arm-in-arm with book writer Joseph Robinette and director John Rando (Urinetown), understand and respect that gift, and pair it with a musical stagecraft that fits snug as an elfin legwarmer. A Christmas Story is that rarest of gifts: Enough pratfalls and live dogs on stage to divert the very young; enough genuine wit and heart and musical proficiency to please their wards and minders.”
-Scott Brown, New York Magazine/Vulture

“It features a peppy, period-flavored score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. With their catchy lyrics and robust melodies, the songs strengthen the characters and situations, dropped in at just the right time to enhance and propel the story. Following their off-Broadway bow this summer withDogfight, this marks a promising Broadway debut for the gifted young composing team….Pasek and Paul spin this simple act of coveting a toy into a handful of delightful songs. The show pulses with genuine feeling.”
-David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“A fantastically good time. The most fun I’ve had at a Broadway musical all year. It’s old-fashioned showbiz, and it works. The score, by the 20-something team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is pastichey and peppy.”
-Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer

“ [A} surprisingly substantial, surprisingly hearty, fun-loving musical”
– The New Yorker

“Adapted faithfully, adoringly and smashingly! The musical features a beautiful score by new Broadway wunderkinds Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Their songs are timeless and memorable – and several could exist beautifully outside the world of this show…a beautiful show, with some truly fabulous production numbers…It just wins audiences over! If you loved A Christmas Story growing up, then you will not be disappointed with the new Broadway musical. Run and see it now!”
-Perez Hilton, PerezHilton.com

“Droll, imaginative, a clever and enjoyable score by newcomers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“Dogfight”). ‘A Christmas Story’ is offbeat, on target. “
– Linda Winer, Newsday

“This freshest of evergreens is a treat that could well last long past the happy holidays…infectiously good humored. The musical captures all of its quirky charms while adding some wonderfully theatrical touches of its own. The songs by young composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are impressively melodic and hummable, and some, downright inspired. A theatrical gift for all seasons.”
– Roma Torre, NY1
(Named one of the Top 10 Theatre Moments of 2012 by the NY1)