A Christmas Story Previews

showchoirguy
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/10
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/7/12 at 09:37pm
Previews began tonight! Can't wait to hear the responses!
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/8/12 at 12:19am
Well was anyone there?
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 12:40am
Bump
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 12:54am
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.
DirectorGP
Understudy
joined:8/24/04
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 01:05am
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!
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 01:05am
That's the problem with most movies being turned into musicals. I think that's why it typically works better with books.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 07:39am
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.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:15am
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.
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:39am
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:50am
I know, I know.
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 12:59pm
What is the run time of this? Thanks
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 01:14pm
Two hours long with an additional thirty minutes after that included into the running time.
ljay889
Broadway Legend
joined:8/4/04
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 01:16pm
I don't know the movie

Wow, he really IS old.
#sadandtransparent
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 02:13pm
Thanks Jordan : )
kidbroadway2
Leading Actor
joined:3/26/10
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 04:35pm
"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.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 04:48pm
Do you feel better now that you sprayed your "high and mightiness" spray?
kidbroadway2
Leading Actor
joined:3/26/10
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 05:43pm
Hey, the truth is the truth.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 05:51pm
And by that, I assume you mean that "Your Opinion Is Your Opinion".
kidbroadway2
Leading Actor
joined:3/26/10
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:24pm
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.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:31pm
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?
Dollypop
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:45pm
What was the show curtain like?

Do they have any merch yet?
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:47pm
We thought you were dead.
kidbroadway2
Leading Actor
joined:3/26/10
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:47pm
"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.

Updated On: 11/9/12 at 06:47 PM
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 06:50pm
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.
PattyO'Furniture
Stand-by
joined:8/12/04
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Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:13pm
I absolutely HAYTE high and mightiness spray. It's too costly.
jv92
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/05
A Christmas Story Previews
Posted: 11/9/12 at 09:39pm
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.

Updated On: 11/10/12 at 09:39 PM

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