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Date Of Birth:
July 26, 1921
Date Of Death:
October 16, 1999 (78)
Birth Place:
Hammond, IN, USA
Gender:
Male
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BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at the FOXBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at the FOX
by Chris Gibson - Dec 20, 2014

I'd heard of Jean Shepherd's work as an author when I was younger, but my first true exposure to him came in 1983 in a tiny, and mostly empty, movie theater where I sat and watched director Bob Clark's wonderful valentine to the late 1930's and early 1940's, A Christmas Story. I've since seen it go from sleeper to television staple, then to the stage in a theatrical version, and now I've had the opportunity to view it as musical. I must say, this endearingly hilarious account of young Ralphie Parker and his quest to own a Red Ryder BB Gun (here essayed by either Evan Gray and Colton Maurer, with Cal Alexander as younger brother, Randy) is still funny to me all these years later. The musical, which is currently playing the Fabulous Fox Theatre, is a twinkling Christmas delight, with pleasant and lively numbers that aim to enhance key moments that you'll recall from the original. This is fun for the whole family, and my son and I had a terrific time. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Begins Tonight at the Fabulous FoxA CHRISTMAS STORY Begins Tonight at the Fabulous Fox
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

This holiday season, for the first time in St. Louis, one of America's favorite Christmas movies comes to life live- on-stage in a hilarious, large scale Broadway musical, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre tonight, December 16 - January 4. (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Cast Brings Added Cheer to A CHRISTMAS STORY at Cleveland Play HouseBWW Reviews: New Cast Brings Added Cheer to A CHRISTMAS STORY at Cleveland Play House
by Roy Berko - Dec 8, 2014

Little did I realize as I stood many years ago, as an extra, in front of Higbee's Department Store in downtown Cleveland at 3 AM, that I was participating in the filming of what would become one of the most popular winter holiday movies of all times. (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's A CHRISTMAS STORY Comes Home to Find Its HeartBWW Reviews: 5th Avenue's A CHRISTMAS STORY Comes Home to Find Its Heart
by Jay Irwin - Dec 5, 2014

When the musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story" first came to the 5th Avenue Theatre back in 2010 for the pre-Broadway Premiere I was dubious at best. And my fears turned out to be well founded as the musical felt scattered and lacked the emotional core that the original story and movie had. Luckily for all of us when the show went on to New York it was retooled to trim out all the fat and now that it's back has had its heart restored with direction by Brandon Ivie. So what once felt like a desperate attempt to turn a holiday classic into a cash cow now feels like a delightful homage to the original and a simpler time. (more...)

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out! A CHRISTMAS STORY Returns to WICA TonightYou'll Shoot Your Eye Out! A CHRISTMAS STORY Returns to WICA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

Bring the whole family to the hilarious American classic, 'A Christmas Story,' which opens at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley tonight, Dec. 5 and includes live audience participation! (more...)

Rose Theater Presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, Now thru 12/28Rose Theater Presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, Now thru 12/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

The Rose Theater triple-dog-dares you to see its holiday production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, playing tonight, Dec. 5-28. The fun-filled musical adaptation of the classic Yuletide film offers a stocking full of good, old-fashioned laughs sure to please the entire family. (more...)

City Theatre Collects Donations for YWCA Tampa Bay at A CHRISTMAS STORY, Now thru 12/21City Theatre Collects Donations for YWCA Tampa Bay at A CHRISTMAS STORY, Now thru 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

St Petersburg City Theatre continues their 90th Mainstage Season, presented by Raymond James, with Philip Grecian's A CHRISTMAS STORY. City Theatre will be collecting canned goods, toiletries, and child-friendly non-perishable foods in the lobby to support YWCA Tampa Bay's Family Village at every performance of A CHRISTMAS STORY. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Ordway's Local Production of the New Musical A CHRISTMAS STORY is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday MemoriesBWW Reviews: The Ordway's Local Production of the New Musical A CHRISTMAS STORY is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday Memories
by Jill Schafer - Dec 4, 2014

St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is returning to its tradition of an original and (mostly) locally cast production during holidays, rather than the touring productions that often come through. In fact, the last Ordway Original holiday production was 2011's CINDERELLA. This year's production of the new musical based on the cult holiday movie A CHRISTMAS STORY is worth the wait. I am usually skeptical of movies turned into musicals, because often it doesn't work or it just simply isn't necessary. But I saw a preview of A Christmas Story (which officially opens on Friday and runs through December 28) last night and was pleasantly surprised; I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. In fact I loved pretty much every minute of it. The creators did a wonderful job of retaining the movie's unique tone of humor, silliness, and nostalgia while creating something new that stands on its own merits, whether you're a fan of the movie or not. And best of all, director James Rocco and his team have created a wonderful production that showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest talent, as well as giving a chance for talented local youngsters to play and shine on stage. The Ordway's A CHRISTMAS STORY is a wonderful, fun, extravagant, poignant, top-notch production of a new musical based on a beloved classic. (more...)

BWW Interviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Old Opera House Features Classic Movie Moments and New SongsBWW Interviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Old Opera House Features Classic Movie Moments and New Songs
by Johnna Leary - Dec 3, 2014

"You'll shoot your eye out!" Instead of watching the nostalgic Christmas movie during another 24 hour movie marathon, see A Christmas Story: The Musical live on stage at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, WV, opening December 4. (more...)

Big League Productions Presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, Beginning Tonight at Music Hall at Fair ParkBig League Productions Presents A CHRISTMAS STORY, Beginning Tonight at Music Hall at Fair Park
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

Big League Productions presents the 2014-2015 national tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical. The beloved holiday movie will be brought to life on Broadway stages across the country. This sparkling new production will be presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at the Music Hall at Fair Park tonight, December 2, through December 14. (more...)

Nashville Rep Opens A CHRISTMAS STORY TonightNashville Rep Opens A CHRISTMAS STORY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2014

This holiday season, Nashville Repertory Theatre will once again present Nashville's All-American Holiday Tradition A Christmas Story adapted by Phillip Grecian and based on the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark. A Christmas Story runs tonight, November 29 - December 21 at TPAC's Johnson Theater (with preview performance on November 28). (more...)

Cleveland Play House Adds Additional Performance of A CHRISTMAS STORYCleveland Play House Adds Additional Performance of A CHRISTMAS STORY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

Cleveland Play House has added an additional performance of the holiday classic, A Christmas Story, due to high audience demand. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Redefines The Ghost of Christmas PastBWW Reviews: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Redefines The Ghost of Christmas Past
by Caroline Sposto - Nov 28, 2014

This exuberant stage production is like a Norman Rockwell painting brought to life. Set in Hohman, Indiana in 1940, raconteur, Jean Shepherd (Chris Carsten) reminiscences about nine-year-old Ralphie's quest for an official Red Ryder, Carbine-Action, 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle B-B gun. (more...)

Cleveland Play House to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/28-12/21Cleveland Play House to Present A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 11/28-12/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

You haven't seen A Christmas Story until you've seen it live on stage at Cleveland Play House! This hilarious comedy based on the short stories of author Jean Shepherd has been delighting TV audiences for over 30 years. But instead of waiting for the 24-hour TV marathon to start, why not experience the magic of the holiday season live on stage with your loved ones at the Allen Theatre? Cleveland Play House's exuberant production of this beloved holiday classic will have you in stitches as you follow the trials and tribulations of little Ralphie Parker in his quest for the "holy grail" of Christmas gifts. With so many memorable moments and iconic images, it's no wonder that an illuminated leg lamp and pink bunny suit have become synonymous with the holiday season! Experience the magic for yourself November 28 - December 21 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Engeman TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Engeman Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

The John W. Engeman Theater just opened the musical adaptation of the iconic holiday classic - A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL on Thursday, November 20; the show runs through January 4, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The John W. Engeman Theater's A CHRISTMAS STORY OpensPhoto Coverage: The John W. Engeman Theater's A CHRISTMAS STORY Opens
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 23, 2014

?The John W. Engeman Theater has just opened the musical adaptation of the iconic holiday classic - A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL on Thursday, Nov. 20, running through January 4, 2015. Below, BroadwayWorld brings photos of the bows and opening night festivities! (more...)

City Theatre to Collect Donations for YWCA Tampa Bay at A CHRISTMAS STORY, 12/5-21City Theatre to Collect Donations for YWCA Tampa Bay at A CHRISTMAS STORY, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

St Petersburg City Theatre continues their 90th Mainstage Season, presented by Raymond James, with Philip Grecian's A CHRISTMAS STORY. City Theatre will be collecting canned goods, toiletries, and child-friendly non-perishable foods in the lobby to support YWCA Tampa Bay's Family Village at every performance of A CHRISTMAS STORY. (more...)

Rose Theater to Present A CHRISTMAS STORY, 12/5-28Rose Theater to Present A CHRISTMAS STORY, 12/5-28
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

The Rose Theater triple-dog-dares you to see its holiday production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, playing Dec. 5-28. The fun-filled musical adaptation of the classic Yuletide film offers a stocking full of good, old-fashioned laughs sure to please the entire family. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Begins Tonight at The EngemanA CHRISTMAS STORY Begins Tonight at The Engeman
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

The John W. Engeman Theater has announced the cast and creative team for the musical adaptation of the iconic holiday classic - A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL. Performances begin tonight, November 20th at 8:00pm and run through January 4, 2015. (more...)

A CHRISTMAS STORY Plays Fox Cities P.A.C., Now thru 11/23A CHRISTMAS STORY Plays Fox Cities P.A.C., Now thru 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

This holiday season, for the first time in the Fox Cities, one of America's favorite Christmas movies comes to life live-on-stage in a hilarious, large scale Broadway musical, at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center tonight, Nov. 18-23. (more...)

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