“A Christmas Story, The Musical!” A Christmas Story, The Musical!” A Christmas Story, The Musical!”
The 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2010 hit premiere “A Christmas Story, The Musical!” will make its Broadway debut at Christmas of 2012. This winter, holiday theatergoers on the Great White Way can see Ralphie and his desperate quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun, his epic battle with the school bully, and the “major award” his old man receives that scandalizes the neighborhood. The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Ian Eisendrath makes his Broadway debut as musical director and conductor. The new musical, based on the 1983 movie perennial, will play at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for a November 5 – December 30 holiday engagement.
“We could not be prouder of Ian and ‘A Christmas Story’ and their shared journey to Broadway,” said The 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong. “From the first moment that we heard Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s innovative book and delightful score, we knew the show would have a fantastic future. Seattle audiences loved the show in 2010. We know Broadway audiences will love it this Christmas.”
Ian Eisendrath began his tenure as resident music supervisor at The 5th Avenue Theatre in 2004. He has served as musical director and conductor for many mainstage productions over the past nine years, including “Sunday in the Park with George,” “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd,” “On the Town,” “Miss Saigon,” “Company,” “Into the Woods,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and “A Christmas Story.” Additionally, he has assembled and supervised the orchestra and music staff for all mainstage productions at The 5th Avenue during his residency. Eisendrath was recently selected to lead The 5th Avenue Theatre’s new works program dubbed “The Musical Theatre Laboratory” as The Alhadeff Family Director of New Works.
“A Christmas Story, The Musical!” had its The 5th Avenue Theatre premiere November 26-December 30, 2010, where it played to great critical acclaim and delighted audiences. It is the seventh 5th Avenue Theatre premiere to move on to Broadway. The 5th’s David Armstrong will make his Broadway debut this autumn at the helm of number six – “Scandalous: The Life and Times of Aimee Semple McPherson” (known as “Saving Aimee” in its 2011 5th Avenue premiere). Five additional 5th Avenue musicals have already become Broadway hits, including “Hairspray,” “Memphis,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Wedding Singer.” These shows have accrued a combined 14 Tony Awards, with “Hairspray” and “Memphis” each earning Tony Awards for Best Musical. In the last ten years, The 5th Avenue Theatre has produced 13 new musicals, and recently announced the development of The Musical Theater Laboratory, a new works program designed to support new musicals at all stages of development.
John Rando will direct the production, which features a book by Joseph Robinette and a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, and associate choreography by James Gray. “A Christmas Story, The Musical!” features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Ken Travis, wig design by Tom Watson, orchestrations by Larry Blank, music direction and supervision by Ian Eisendrath, dance music arrangements by Glen Kelly, and vocal arrangements by Justin Paul.
Peter Billingsley, star of the beloved 1983 holiday film, will again join commercial producers Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Mariano Tolentino, Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Timothy Laczynski, Bartner/Jenkins Entertainment, Angela Milonas, and Bradford W. Smith in bringing the musical to Broadway.
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