A Night of Family Fun Stampedes into the Chicago


Last Wednesday, i was treated to a night of rip roarin old fashioned Christmas fun. I had the privilege  of being in the opening night audience of the Chicago premiere of  A Christmas Story – the musical at the historic Chicago theatre.

A Christmas Story is the modern holiday saga of Ralphie and his longing for the illusive Red Rider bb gun. He wants it so bad that he tells everyone of his desire. But most of the people he tells just answer “You’ll shoot your eye out,” including old Saint Nick. He envisions himself in the old West as he saves his friends and family.  TBS airs a marathon of the movie annually on Christmas Eve.  The young star of the movie , Peter Billinglsley, is now one of the producers of the musical that will be performed from now until December 30 at the Chicago Theatre.

A spirited cast and a young dynamo who played the young dreamer entertained the audience.   One of my favorite musical numbers was “My Major Award”  The star of the number was the famous lamp. Ralphie’s father bragged about this glorious lamp that had an ugly yellow shade and the base was shaped like a woman’s leg in heels.  This song involved a hilarious kick line with the whole cast using  copies of the lamp .  The children had miniatures of the illusive prop. The teacher who was portrayed by Karen Mason stole the show as she dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West.  She had an incredible belt voice and the best touch was the students dressed as the flying monkeys.  The audience laughed as the Old Man( John Bolton) had fit after fit, especially when he encounters the Bumpus’ hounds. Clarke Hallum kept up the energy and endeared the opening night house with his portrayal of young Ralphie.  Rachel Ray Jones was the perfect foil to Bolton’s blustery husband with her sweet melodic voice.  Gene Weygandt’s Jean Shepherd  told the tale eloquently with the help of Foley Artist Nick Gaswirth,  transporting the audience back to the days when radio was king. Rounding out the cast was young Matthew Lewis who stole your heart as the baby brother , Randy.

So if you want some family fun and Christmas cheer. Come bring the brood to the Chicago Theatre for A Christmas Story  the Musical.  It will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.thechicagotheatre.com or calling 1-800-745-3000.

Peter Billingsley aka Ralphie , produces this musical spectacle that has toured five cities, culminating at the Chicago Theatre.

The illusive “triple dog dare” causes Flick much pain as he is separated from the icy flag pole.

Demented elves and Santa torment grownup and young Ralphie

The Old Man sings about the “Major Award” he has won


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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One Response to A Night of Family Fun Stampedes into the Chicago

  1. wonderful post.Never knew this, regards for letting me know.

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