A CHRISTMAS STORY Holds NYC Open Casting Call for 'Ralphie' on 5/5

The producers of A Christmas Story, The Musical, including Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the original 1983 film, are holding open auditions to find exceptionally talented kids for the upcoming 2013 production. Recently nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Christmas Story, The Musical seeks young actors to play Ralphie, his friends and classmates, including: Randy, Flick, Schwartz, Scut Farcus, Grover Dill, Mary Beth, and Esther Jane.

On Sunday May 5th at Pearl Studios (500 8th Avenue, 12th floor) there will be an open call audition seeking boys and girls ages 8-13 who sing, dance and act. All kids should be under 4' 11". Boys should have unchanged voices. No experience is needed to audition. Registration begins at 11:30 with auditions from 12:00-5:00.

To prepare: For the audition please prepare a brief song that is rhythmic, classic Broadway, and shows off your voice and personality. Please bring sheet music-a pianist will be provided. Please also bring a headshot (or some kind of picture) and a resume if you have one.

A Christmas Story, The Musical begins rehearsals in NYC on October 14th. The production will run through December 29, 2013. If you are unable to attend the open call in person, please visit www.letitcast.com for information on how to upload an audition video. For More information about this production, visit our website: AChristmasStoryTheMusical.com, Like us on Facebook (just search for "A Christmas Story The Musical") or follow us on Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/achristmasstory.

In 2012, America's #1 Christmas movie came to life at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre as a hilarious holiday musical featuring a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and a book by Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) directed the production with Warren Carlyle (Chaplin, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) choreographing.

Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical), A Christmas Story, The Musical was both a popular and critical success, breaking house records at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The Associated Press called A Christmas Story, The Musical "a joyous Christmas miracle," while The New York Times wrote "I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinch-sized heart not feel a smile spreading cross your face." The New York Post wrote "Fans of the movie can breathe easy. ... Christmas Story, The Musical has legs. The charming musical succeeds." WOR Radio raved "It's the best darn musical I've seen in years! If you're looking for a holiday show to take the kids to you can skip all the others because this is the best Christmas show I've ever been a witness to." NBC4 called it "one of the best times you can have in New York! Run fast and get your tickets!" Time Magazine, The Associated Press and NY1 News have all included A Christmas Story, The Musical on their top-10 list for the best theatre of 2012.

The story from a cherished movie classic that's enchanted millions is now a musical spectacular. In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas-a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film's original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a scenic design by Walt Spangler; costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy; lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley; sound design by Ken Travis; wig design by Tom Watson; animal training by Tony Honor recipient for Excellence in Theatre William Berloni; orchestrations by Tony nominee Larry Blank; music direction and supervision by Ian Eisendrath; associate choreographer isJames Gray; dance music arrangements by Glen Kelly; vocal arrangements by Justin Paul; and casting by Stephanie Klapper CSA.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino, Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas, Bradford W. Smith.

Masterworks Broadway released the World Premiere Recording of A Christmas Story: The Musical both digitally and on CD.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story© 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Dalfie Entertainment, Inc.



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