A Christmas Story On Broadway: My Review

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Based on Jean Shepherd's memoir about growing up in the 1940s and wanting a BB gun for Christmas despite everyone's warnings that "You'll shoot your eye out," A Christmas Story was made into a cult 1983 movie that's become a holiday classic.

And now, as you know, it's a Broadway musical!

With lots of singing and dancing kids.

And zany, well-meaning parents.

And more singing and dancing kids.

And I found it cute.

And familiar.

And tourist friendly.

And crowd pleasing.

And nice.

AND I HATED IT!!!!

I was pretty much in agony through most of Act One--I can't stand these blandish, rote adaptations, aimed at visiting packs of white people--but then the strangest thing happened.

With Act Two, the songs became quirkier and more integrated, there were a few decent numbers, the jokes started landing, the story (such as it is) began coalescing, and the Chinese restaurant scene had me alternately laughing and choking up.

So I liked it!

SORT OF!

This Story will provoke very extreme mixed feelings in you.

Like Christmas itself!


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williamHK
williamHK

I hate the movie, a better Bob Clark xmas film stars Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea & Andrea Martin "Black Christmas."

nostradavid
nostradavid

If you want to treat yourself to some real culture torture, have your family drag you to the Precious Moments Chapel and Park for the Christmas musical show. Located in the scenic Ozarks of Southwest Missouri near Carthage (and a large toxic waste incinerator). The Chapel is a recreation of the Sistine Chapel painted with all Precious Moments character cuties. "This little village is also home to the world’s largest Precious Moments Gift Shoppe, Archive Collection, and year round Christmas Shoppe." You'll be scarred for life.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

You would think everyone would be so sick of this story after the yearly Christmas day marathons. And those at least are free.

bethesda
bethesda

You had it right the first time. it's agony.

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