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A Christmas Story, The Musical

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy, Christmas/Holiday
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Area Staging

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas.

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts -- an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others.

The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!," "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

A Christmas Story, The Musical
will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.


"Joyous! ...A musical that dares mess with one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time and yet manages not only to do the film justice, but top it... It's a charming triumph of imagination."

Associated Press

"A true gift! A sparkling adaptation with a surefire charmer of a score."

New York Magazine

"I was dazzled."

The New York Times

  • Casting: 15M, 10F
  • Casting Attributes: Expandable casting