A Christmas Story On Broadway: My Review
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.
With lots of singing and dancing kids.
And zany, well-meaning parents.
And more singing and dancing kids.
And I found it cute.
And tourist friendly.
And crowd pleasing.
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!
This Story will provoke very extreme mixed feelings in you.
Like Christmas itself!