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A Christmas Story Previews
Posted by showchoirguy 2012-11-07 21:37:44


Previews began tonight! Can't wait to hear the responses!

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Posted by bwayphreak234 2012-11-08 00:19:01


Well was anyone there?

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-09 00:40:32


Bump

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 00:54:21


I thought it was...good. It's got some not great but ok music in it that you can leave the theater singing. The cast is fantastic and the book scenes work very well which kind of remind you when you're watching one the twenty or so musical numbers, that this really doesn't need to be musicalized. Dan Lauria is so so good as the narrator and Erin Dilly makes the part that's obviously so associated with Melinda Dillon her own and has a beautiful song she gets to sing while doing it. And even though it's a small part, you gotta give props to the amazing Caroline O'Connor, who rightfully steals every scene she's in.

I think the biggest problem though is that this is a musical with not great music. For something so iconic as the film that everyone knows, if you're going to take us out of that particular story for a few minutes to sing, you need to make sure that music is on par with the story being told, which it's not.

I hope that makes sense.

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Posted by DirectorGP 2012-11-09 01:05:01


Went tonight... DELIGHTFUL... Some tech glitches but so full of heart and sentimentality you leave with the same warm feeling you get from the film. INCREDIBLE cast. John Bolton is amazing as the Old Man Erin Dilly had me tear up with a power act two number. The score is fun and fits the show beautifully. I liked the score very much. Bought the CD which actually has some of the cut selections. A very enjoyable night with a stellar cast of Pros and very charming children... The Bloodhounds are adorable too. Short run should be longer...As the holiday season approaches I say GET TICKETS!

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-09 01:05:29


That's the problem with most movies being turned into musicals. I think that's why it typically works better with books.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-11-09 07:39:35


I don't know the movie, but this was like a Hallmark Card from the '40s that had been left out in the rain. The story was plodding and slightly unpleasant, and the music thin as gruel. I didn't find the father particularly appealing as a character, though John Bolton pulled out all the stops, and then some, to provide some laughs. He's a versatile performer. I liked Erin Dilly as well. I guess it's now become mandatory for any show to have a mother with small children sing a song about how quickly time passes. (I Remember Mama, Big). This one was as pallid as the rest of the score. I also think at ths date, we shouldn't be presented with a Chinese waiter mispronouncing "l"s. Also, a lyric about wishing for a wife who can cook.

Perhaps youngsters will enjoy it. But Elf would be a much better choice, not to mention Annie.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 09:15:07


The Chinese waiters singing is directly from one of the most famous scenes in the film. It's iconic and you can't do A CHRISTMAS STORY and not have it in there.

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-11-09 09:39:08


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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 09:50:38


I know, I know.

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Posted by Luv2goToShows 2012-11-09 12:59:55


What is the run time of this? Thanks

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 13:14:17


Two hours long with an additional thirty minutes after that included into the running time.

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Posted by ljay889 2012-11-09 13:16:20


I don't know the movie

Wow, he really IS old.

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Posted by Luv2goToShows 2012-11-09 14:13:25


Thanks Jordan : )

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Posted by kidbroadway2 2012-11-09 16:35:08


"The Chinese waiters singing is directly from one of the most famous scenes in the film. It's iconic and you can't do A CHRISTMAS STORY and not have it in there."

Doesn't change the fact that it is still racist to use for entertainment. This isn't the 1950's.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 16:48:37


Do you feel better now that you sprayed your "high and mightiness" spray?

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Posted by kidbroadway2 2012-11-09 17:43:17


Hey, the truth is the truth.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 17:51:55


And by that, I assume you mean that "Your Opinion Is Your Opinion".

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Posted by kidbroadway2 2012-11-09 18:24:56


To be fair, I haven't seen the actual production yet so I'll hold back on commenting too much more. Can't wait to see it, t's my favorite Christmas movie. Having said that, that scene in the movie version is the only part of the movie that was too "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for me.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 18:31:20


Did you grow up watching it and clutching your pearls? When you were even more of a "kidonbroadway" did you tell the other kids that it's blatant racism and that you won't tolerate it?

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Posted by Dollypop 2012-11-09 18:45:38


What was the show curtain like?

Do they have any merch yet?

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 18:47:06


We thought you were dead.

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Posted by kidbroadway2 2012-11-09 18:47:59


"Did you grow up watching it and clutching your pearls? When you were even more of a "kidonbroadway" did you tell the other kids that it's blatant racism and that you won't tolerate it?"

Wow. It's no use trying to engage in a civil conversation with you.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 18:50:37


You're absolutely right. I have no desire to engage civilly with people who display ridiculous faux-rage over things that make them think they're being superior to other people.

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Posted by PattyO'Furniture 2012-11-09 21:13:28


I absolutely HAYTE high and mightiness spray. It's too costly.

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Posted by jv92 2012-11-09 21:39:43


The Chinese restaurant scene in the film is hysterical, and a classic. The pretentious "high and mighty" crowd will cry foul about anything these days.

I am looking forward to seeing this one. I don't think the film cries musicalization, but it might be a fun Christmas entertainment with a little intelligence.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-09 23:16:40


I saw this tonight.

First of all, the movie is wonderful. One of the best Christmas movies, and one of the best 80's movies ever made; as the film nears its 30th birthday it's become clear that it deserves the label of "classic."

The Chinese restaurant scene is indeed hilarious in the film, and make no mistake, this humor is not of the 40's, but of the 80's. Don't forget the mom's red hair is done in a Meg Ryan loose perm style!

Now onto the musical. Other than Dan Lauria, who really does a nice job, the show is complete dreck. Where, o where to begin. The whole thing looks like it was produced for $5.95. Cheap sets, cheap (and ugly) costumes. The santa slide set is the worst offender as the slide doesn't even face the audience and isn't big enough, which defeats the whole joke.

The book and score don't get much better. They give us the movie scene for scene, word for word. Plus they pause the action for all the songs. It makes for a very long 2.5 hours. Of all the recent movie to musical adaptations this one screams, "Why didn't I just stay home and watch the movie?!" loudest.

Before After Eight admitted to never having seen this movie I would have thought everyone was familiar with it, if for no other reason than it's rerun ad nauseum every year on tv. I can watch the movie every Christmas and laugh, but somehow on stage it's all too obvious and all the humor is lost.

Not only do the songs halt the action, they aren't any good. Bland, generic- you know the drill. It really makes crap like Chaplin smell pretty sweet.

It looks like Ralphie is played by alternating actors, so I don't know if I saw the same actor Jordan and After Eight saw, and I feel a little guilty about attacking a child, but he was not good. I mean Gina found more notes in "An English Teacher" than this kid did tonight. The actor who played his brother was weak too, and the eat like a little piggy bit fell flat.

The whole thing was just stupid. The film is just too good to be shat on in this fashion.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-11-09 23:27:44


I did not "admit;" I stated.

It's not cry fowl, it's cry foul.

It's not trying to act high and mighty; it's reacting negatively to something inappropriate.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 23:34:49


And all of BWW collectively rolls their eyes.

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Posted by WithoutATrace 2012-11-09 23:43:29


Does AfterEight just monitor the boards 24/7 just to wait for Whizzer to post??? Good lord.

Anyway, I didn't care for the show either. It really dragged and aside from Lauria, all the performances fell flat. Looking forward to ELF (which I saw last year and loved) on Thursday.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-09 23:49:29


As Jordan mentioned, the scene in the Chinese restaurant is definitely one of the most famous (and hysterical) scenes in the movie. I'm glad they weren't afraid enough to sanitize the material and cut the joke.

Part of what makes the scene work so well is that it's filmed in a stationary long shot, Woody Allen style. McGavin is expert in his delivery of, "I think it's smiling at me," and the singing isn't presented in a cruel manner. In fact Melinda Dillon is laughing in spite of know it's wrong throughout.

If they had to turn the movie into a show it should have just been a play, with perhaps some traditional carols thrown in.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-09 23:53:10


Exactly. But I did like Erin Dilly very much.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-11-09 23:57:11


Actually, no.

I happened to return from the theatre this evening and opened this thread, and there he was. You'll notice I was responding to several posts.

To be honest, I much prefer not reading that poster's threads, and have been happily avoiding them until I came upon his post this evening.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 00:02:21


Erin Dilly was good. She is saddled with two of the sappiest ballads on Broadway right now though, and I guess it's a testament to her talent that she pulled them off as well as she did.

One minor thing they did drop from the movie was after she makes Ralphie eat the soap she puts the soap in her own mouth and takes a bite. It was the little details like that that this production missed. They weren't able to capture the mood or style of the film despite retaining the plot and dialogue.

John Bolton particularly missed the boat on his character, IMO. McGavin was a terrifying force. The scene where he changed the tire used to scare the crap out of me as a child. When Ralphie was scared that his dad was going to kill you actually believed that he really might. Bolton was too goofy and devoid of any menace.


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Posted by Kad 2012-11-10 00:08:31


I like seeing that person's posts.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-10 00:09:36


What person?

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Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-11-10 00:10:07


Caroline O'Connor! I adore her. I didn't know she was in it!

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Posted by Kad 2012-11-10 00:10:43


I don't even know anymore. They've been stripped of their name.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-10 00:15:06


I'm drunk and confused.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 00:19:21


Hi Kad! :)

I wish I was drunk, but I'm working on it.

O'Connor tries her best, but for her big fantasy sequence she is in a cheap and ill-fitting dress that looks like Jan Maxwell's "Lucy and Jessie" dress.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-10 00:20:54


Ha! It does!

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 00:29:15


And the adult chorus' Wild West outfits looked the Mormon pioneer outfits from "All-American Prophet." The three young girls in the "Saloon" fantasy costumes looked like Melissa Errico during the courtroom scene of Amour (and they did the cartwheel Errico performed too).

Eddie Korbich also is making his return to the Lunt. Shockingly "Positoovity" is looking pretty good right now.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-10 00:33:07


Ugh. I've never seen the movie, so maybe this shouldn't be my first exposure to it, but I kind of want to see it.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 00:39:53


RippedMan- Please, please watch the movie. It makes me very nostalgic for both a different time of my life and a different kind of film making.

I also know you're a big design/set guy, and the tech elements of this production will make you mental!

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-10 00:44:58


Awww! That makes me even more intrigued. I mean, after seeing Scandalous, I need to see some theater that will reignite my love for it.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-10 00:46:12


Well let's be fair - The set for this show is 1000x better than SCANDALOUS.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 00:52:26


Ha, to be clear I meant you'd go mental in a bad way! I don't know if this show will be reigniting anything for you...

Jordan, yeah it's better than Scandalous, at least in so much that the main house set actually moves on and off the stage and doesn't encumber the action. Still everything looks VERY cheap and actors are forced to push around chairs, desks, PINE TREES ON WHEELS and a car that gives Good Vibrations a run for its money. (Ok so the car from Good Vibrations may have been fashioned out of folding chairs, and this isn't so bad, but it's not good either!)

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-10 00:56:43


They should have used Chitty. You just know Erin Dilly kept it!

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-10 01:00:04


I really find it offensive when actors have to move the set on Broadway. It's different when it's suppose to be a low-budget show like the recent Sweeney. That makes sense and that's a style. But shows like Chaplin and this, c'mon. You're paying $120 for a ticket.

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 01:04:02


Ha, well you know Raul didn't wanna keep it!

RippedMan- I agree. If the cast is moving the set for stylistic reasons I'm all for it. Tonight it was cheap and tacky. Poor O'Connor had to push her teacher's desk on an upstage cross for what seemed like 20 seconds. She stayed in character, but it was like, come on!

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-11-10 01:19:38


Are investors stupid??? I just don't get it. I mean, people invested in Scandalous and Flashdance? Etc? I mean c'mon. Why aren't shows like The Whale brought to Broadway? I know everyone says "Oh, it wouldn't last," but I'd rather see a good show struggle and try to make it, then some crap like Scandalous.

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Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-11-10 12:12:08


I don't really like the movie but I'm familiar with it, like everyone else on the planet. Word of mouth has pretty much been exactly as expected.

I assume there's some sort of giant leg lamp production number, probably involving a kickline. Anyone?

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Posted by WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel 2012-11-10 13:49:31


Glinda- You assume correctly. When the lamp arrives Bolton has a "Hymn For a Sunday Evening" moment and the ensemble comes out in sequenced vests, looking like they just got off a long shift at Foxwoods Casino. They each hold a lamp, and you know it is only a matter before the kickline begins.

Sadly, would could have been a classic camp moment isn't even unintentionally funny because it's so obvious and stupid. The choreography in the dream sequence is SO uninspired it makes you long for a Rob Ashford gymnastics routine.

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Posted by notabb 2012-11-10 17:42:35


I saw the 3rd preview on Friday night of A CHRISTMAS STORY. It could be looked at as both funny and pathetic to read the previous posters not only rip the show to pieces but to pat each other on the back reinforcing their own beliefs that they are handing down some wisdom from up on high that's universally acknowledged by all . Trust me , I'm not the only one who enjoyed this show The score is by the writers of DOGFIGHT and there is much to be enjoyed. I loved Ralphie To The Rescue , A Major Award, You'll Shoot Your Eye Out ( which had a great tap section that got a huge hand the night I was there ) and Up On Santas Lap. Even for a 3rd preview I liked it a lot more than ELF. The movie has a low key sweetness and a heart warming simplicity that I felt the musical honored by not pushing for an in- your-face Broadway bombastic quality so many shows go for. John Bolton was wonderful as The Old Man and I expect he'll be Tony nominated for his performance. Look at the reviews this show received on the road and you'll see I'm far from the only person that thought this. And by the sniffles I heard around me and the guy next to me drying his eyes I was not the only person who found the end moving. I'm not saying the show is brilliant but it's a hell of a lot of fun even at the 3rd preview. If you have tickets already , don't despair because of the diatribes of the previous posters , I think you'll find much to enjoy. In the show you'll get a demonstration of how the little piggies eat , this board will show you how they post.

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Posted by skyhook 2012-11-10 18:35:11


Thank you, NOTABB, I was beginning to think I saw a different show. I agree with you 100%. I had the opportunity to see this show in Hershey last year and it was delightful.. Saw last nights preview and again, delightful.. Very interesting to see the changes that were made from last year. Most for the good. But how can they say "dreck".. The costumes were right on for the period. Yes, it was a bland time as far as colors and such. But, the costumes are spot on for that time and anyone with a real knowledge of theatre and time period would recognize that. However, in Ralphies dream sequences the costumes do pop! Especially in the Act 2 "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" number. The music is definitely hummable and memorable (unlike many Broadway scores of today), the performances for the most part are terrific. Each actor making the role their own and not copying the movie. So you cannot compare the two.. John Bolton is no less than brilliant as the Old Man. And I agree that he will most likely get a Tony nod. The show needs a little cleaning up, a few fixes here and there, but by opening next week will be in terrific shape. As far as the 3 choices this year for holiday fair (A Christmas Story, Elf and Grinch), I've seen all three and by far, A Christmas Story is the best. Unlike the other two, it is a sweet simple musical about a family during a tough time and a little boys wish for just one special present. It has heart, it's moving, funny, certainly delivers with the "big" Broadway musical numbers with Ralphie To The Rescue, Major Award and You'll Shoot Your Eye out. It is obvious the producers and artistic team wanted this show to be something far more than your typical holiday crap Broadway has had these past several years. And, as far as I'm concerned (and by the reaction of the audience) they have achieved that. My advice, ignore the arrogant rantings above and go see this show..

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Posted by Thparkaly 2012-11-10 18:50:00


I haven't seen the show on broadway, but I thought the tour was decent. I enjoyed the actors, who were really trying to make the best of the situation. As for the music, the overture was the only good piece. Have they made any changes to the show since the tour?

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Posted by ljay889 2012-11-10 18:57:05


I expect he'll be Tony nominated for his performance.

I haven't seen the show, but actors are rarely remembered for holiday shows come Tony time.

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Posted by notabb 2012-11-11 20:25:34


I heard there was a song that was in the regional productions but was cut before it came to NYC. Does anyone know the name of the song, who sang it and how it fit in the show?

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Posted by Anthony Fremont 2012-11-11 22:33:02


^Having seen it on tour in Chicago comparing that to the cast album, there was a fair bit of material cut that involved a vocal quartet, mostly in the context of radio singers. The one you might be thinking about is "A Kid at Christmas," which from the sound of things wasn't part of the plot proper, but served as an Act Two opener.

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Posted by dave1606 2012-11-11 23:40:15


Add me to the group that enjoyed this. I do think the production values are poor though.

Tonight a portion of the house literally crashed into the sky backdrop to hilarious effect during one of the final moments of the show.

Everything does feel flimsy. I have no idea why they couldn't have budget more than $5 for the sets involved. Several moments literally have actors standing on the bare stage with no backdrops whatsoever. Not a problem if it works artistically but this just feels like they didn't have the money.

I really think the cast sells this material. Dan Lauria is excellent as narrator and Caroline O' Connor is really fantastic. She had a much bigger part than I expected and really stole the show in every scene she was in.

Maybe I am a sucker but I thought the kid actors were all great.

Erin Dilly was fine. I mean I don't know how anyone could be more than fine with generic mom song #5.

That said, I really do love the score. Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun, When Your'e a wimp and A Major Award all stand out to me.
I also love Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana.

I think the bottom line is that while I enjoyed it it, it was mainly because the score and the actors. The production values are truly shoddy and i wish that it was receiving a better treatment. Still, I would sit through this over Scandalous any day.

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Posted by notabb 2012-11-12 03:33:25


The sad thing is I still think A CHRISTMAS STORY has better sets and costumes than ELF. I was stunned by how ugly ELFs costumes were and the sets had no magic at all. the transformation of the department store should have been magical and it was anything but. I knew I wouldn't go back to see ELF when I heard Sebastian Archelus wasn't coming back as Buddy. He was the best thing in it. I did like some of the score and book and just wish the physical production supported it more.

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Posted by CapnHook 2012-11-12 22:37:07


DELIGHTFUL!

I was stunned that they were able to make this show surprising given that we know every iconic moment from the film. Pasek & Paul managed to milk such moments in a very "musical" way. I had SUCH a good time!! Just like I could rewatch the movie again and again, I could see the stage musical again and probably like it just the same.

The ensemble of kids have more SPUNK than those brats in ANNIE. They really made the show. EXCELLENT casting. These quirky kids highlighted the moments very well. The kid who does the solo tap dance!!!... INSANE.

Out of all the performances given, I must devote a special mention to the actor who played the father. He was such an oddball and very different from the tone of the father in the film...yet it worked and was a perfect blend with the show. A very memorable performance.

Know who else was memorable? Dan Lauria. I will forever remember how he RUINED every moment he was on stage. His timing was off EVERY. SINGLE. LINE. he had. I acknowledge that this is still a preview performance and that it was only show #8, but if those kids can nail down a performance with 10X MORE lines AND music and dance, a seasoned actor such as Lauria should have the part down better at this point. He was FANTASTIC in LOMBARDI, but there is absolutely no need to have him in this part if he isn't going to deliver. It's a tiny part, and one of a narrator, but that doesn't matter. Every time he came on stage, I groaned and wanted the story to get on with it.

Despite Lauria's distractingly bad performance, the show was still a good time and I highly recommend it!

All of the technical problems aren't really worth mentioning. The show is a limited run, and I thought the set and costumes exceeded my expectations for a show that is a limited engagement.

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Posted by ZiggyCringe 2012-11-13 00:55:16


Stunned.

I LOVED this show. The Warren Carlysle choreo made me happier than any other show since "Drowsy Chaperone." (Warren Carlysle, please do every show coming on Broadway).

I really thought it was going to be another "White Christmas/Grinch/Rockettes" kind of thing.

It's NOT. It's smart, it has a terrific score, and it does that thing where the musical is actually more moving than the film.

Kudos to everyone involved. It's sensational. I suspect it will outrun it's original schedule.



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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-13 01:13:38


"I suspect it will outrun it's original run."

I suspect you will be proven wrong.

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Posted by WestwardHoHo 2012-11-13 02:26:41


The score is right up there with Glory Days and Chaplin and Scandalous,
if you know what I mean.

Crapola to the nth degree.

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Posted by WestwardHoHo 2012-11-13 02:26:49


The score is right up there with Glory Days and Chaplin and Scandalous,
if you know what I mean.

Crapola to the nth degree.

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Posted by notabb 2012-11-13 11:39:01


I could tell you to ignore WestwardHoHo comments that a lot of us loved the score but why bother. the cd is out and you can download it on iTunes . I urge you to listen a nd decide for yourself. P.S I did see both GLORY DAYS and CHAPLIN and A CHRISTMAS STORY is far better. They also wrote DOGFIGHT which I also enjoyed and hope the record sooner rather than later.

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Posted by newintown 2012-11-13 11:56:24


I really think I'd rather just watch the movie for free in my pjs than plop down $150 bucks to watch an imitative rip-off surrounded by a bunch of kids and tourists. Call me cranky.

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-11-13 12:00:37



You're cranky.

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Posted by newintown 2012-11-13 12:08:55


You're pretty. When are you going to stop eating that - what is it? Focaccia?

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Posted by themysteriousgrowl 2012-11-13 12:09:37



Man, f*ck Ke$ha.

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Posted by notabb 2012-11-14 07:14:47


Cranky and not too smart. Why not give the the score a listen and make a least an informed decision. What's it cost on iTunes , $14 bucks? If you hate the score then don't see the show.

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Posted by After Eight 2012-11-14 08:32:08


"I could tell you to ignore WestwardHoHo comments "

WestwardHoHo is right on target.

"P.S I did see both GLORY DAYS and CHAPLIN and A CHRISTMAS STORY is far better"

If you're referring to the score, it's worse than both.

"They also wrote DOGFIGHT"

That was no great shakes either.

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Posted by newintown 2012-11-14 09:20:33


" Cranky and not too smart. Why not give the the score a listen and make a least an informed decision. What's it cost on iTunes , $14 bucks? If you hate the score then don't see the show."

In some cases (and I think this is one), press, word of mouth, and marketing clips are free and suffice to provide enough of a taste to show that the entire dish is not geared to one's palate.

In other words, why should I spend even 1 cent?

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Posted by eperkins 2012-11-16 23:48:39


I just show the show tonight and really enjoyed it. Neither the sets or costumes look cheap, as someone previously said. Many of the songs are good, and the action did not stop for them. And they brought down the house with "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out." There was some very nice choreography, and a lot of good performances from the cast. And the show is not only for kids. I was surrounded by adults who were clearly enjoying themselves. A lot of laughs - and on different levels for adults and kids.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-17 06:51:28


If they wanted to make the show better, they should have just shot his eye out.

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Posted by eperkins 2012-11-17 08:29:18


I have seen far, far worse productions than this. I enjoyed it. I even liked the kickline.

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Posted by zerose 2012-11-18 07:20:43


The same guy, Walt Spangler, designed the sets for both Scandalous and A Christmas Story. Does everything he designs have to be framed in white??

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Posted by eperkins 2012-11-18 07:43:18


In A Christmas Story, it's apt that it's framed in white, as it represents snow. Christmas. Snow. Get it?

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Posted by homeimp 2012-11-18 11:46:55


I am so disappointed in the posters on these boards. All of these know-it-alls, many of whom have evidently not even seen the show, yet all so positive that their opinion is the correct one and the only one that counts. I neover knew there were so many intolerant people. This is a wonderful show with a tuneful and clever score, BUT I could be wrong.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-11-18 11:49:09


So the people who didn't like it are know-it-alls and wrong in their opinions and the people who did like it are correct in their opinions?

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Posted by broadwayguy2 2012-11-18 15:20:36


I am going to out on a limb here and offer my two cents on this production.

Jordan, I won't say that OPINIONS are wrong. By nature, they can not be, but I notice a few things here used to bolster 'less than kind' sentiments about the show that, to me, prove factually inaccurate.

I am not sure how people here assert that the stage version is lifted line by line from the film. Quite the contrary. I felt that the stage adaption manages to be very faithful in tone and in the style of dialogue used, but quite quite different (and more fulfilling for me). They managed to hit the iconic moments that people KNOW the film for as well, paired with the skill in matching tone, I see how it could be easy to say the script was lifted, but truly, it was not. The words were different, the plot refocused and fleshed out. I didn't mind losing the decoder ring and tree lot bits at all and I loved the insightful moments given to Mother and the Old Man and I thought the “Before the Old Man Gets Home” scene and song to be a great choice and added some layers to the individuals in the Parker family. I also greatly appreciated that it was not saccharine (like so much holiday fare) and overly sweet and the writing was truly FAMILY entertainment with a roster of jokes that had the adults screaming while going right over the kids' heads.

As far as the score goes, I have been humming the tunes for days. It is a wonderful score.. heavily revised if you only know the premiere cast recording. I feel it could be a contender come award season and rightful so. Pasek and Paul delivered a tuneful, classic style score that does it's job in spades.. I perked up immediately from the overture and it didn't let me go. I can't wait to see what else these boys crank out.

Across the board, the cast is strong. Erin Dilly fairs least well. Not entirely sure if it is the writing or her performance.. she seemed to be the least quarky of the people on stage. Johnny Rabe leads the pack with a bang up performance as Ralphie, John Bolton couldn't be more perfect as the musical comedy incarnation of The Old Man. Caroline O'Connor as Miss Shields is pitch perfect for me. Within the ensemble, you have a strong assembly of character people and dancers who almost all are given a moment in the spotlight and each shines.. Kirsten Wyatt in a variety of comedic roles, Eddie Korbich is a gas as creepy Santa, Andrew Cristi plays the waiter to the understated hilt and my jaw was slack on the floor watching 9 year old Luke Spring get into a tap dancing duel with O'Connor before breaking into an extended tap dance break (Improved, no less!) that absolutely stops the show cold (Give that kid a solo bow and the Astaire Award now).

As far as the physical production goes, I liked the design but had a few issues with execution / construction. To be fair, they tweaked quite a lot from last year's tour – including an all new Parker house, and the producers for the show don't have the deepest wallets on the Great White way. Hopefully they will tweak and rebuild more when the show continues to have life. The set, overall, looks great.. a few pieces here and there are a bit too flimsy and Walt Spangler continues to show that his weakest links as a designer are creating sets that are actor friendly, move well, and well masked from the wings. I felt the costumes to be spot-on as period clothing. I took issue when the chorus entered for “A Major Award” until it clicked my head that those costumes would be built that way in that period.

All in all, I found it to be a rousing, lighthearted, heartwarming and fun night out and it could not have been a better way to kickstart the holiday season for me / us. I am still hoping to make it back again this season and would eagerly expect – and hope – to see A Christmas Story back in New York next fall... hopefully in a different theatre (more wing space, please) and perhaps with the addition of a second company on the road or in a satellite city.

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Posted by little_sally 2012-11-19 10:59:28


I saw yesterday's matinee and overall, I found it enjoyable. The score has some fun numbers but every ballad sounded the same. I also kind of felt like the stakes were far lower than they are in the movie but I've never gotten the impression from the movie that Ralphie was conscious of every move he made because he wanted the gun. Also, I felt like the show worked better when they weren't singing (although I felt it was strange that they didn't write one new song for the Christmas scenes until the finale).

The cast were all uniformly good and I thought the kids were adorable but I thought the Old Man character was problematic. I don't know if the writing or John Bolton is to blame but in the film version, the character was intimidating whereas Bolton's take just made him kind of desperate and almost pathetic.

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Posted by PlayItAgain 2012-12-17 00:38:27


Saw the matinee today, I really enjoyed it, really just sweet and smile inducing. Its unfortunate though that due to recent events the whole show has an awkward undertone to it now, kind of hard to watch a little kid beg and plead for a gun for two and a half hours and Raphie To The Rescue one of the best numbers in the first act is now terribly cringe worthy (when the little kid screams "don't let me die ralphie" you could feel the air leave the theater).

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-12-17 02:12:50


I saw this last weekend and just loved it. I thought it was wonderful and by far the best new Broadway musical so far this season, in my opinion. What a joy this show is, from start to finish!

I had an absolute ball and wish I could see it again before it closes. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Do a lot of the songs sound the same? Sure. Are some of the jokes from the movie slavishly translated to the stage? Yeah. But the whole thing is just so joyful, giddy, goofy, and fun. And it's got a great, great cast, particularly the kids, who put the orphans over at ANNIE to shame. Special kudos to the always exceptional Erin Dilly, who brings much needed gravitas to the piece and delivers her two lovely songs with a touching honesty. Overall, I thought the show struck the perfect chord between adult humor and kid humor, as the film did. It's not a groundbreaking, earth-shattering piece of musical theater that absolutely must be seen, but I still thought it was wonderful. It's endlessly entertaining.