“A Christmas Story – The Musical” Opens at Paramount Theatre

(from left) Theo Moss plays Randy, Michael Harp is Ralphie, Danni Smith plays the mother and Michael Accardo plays the Old Man in A Christmas Story – The Musical. Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has turned one of the most iconic holiday movies ever into a larger-than-life musical comedy blockbuster. Performances run through January 3, 2016. Tickets: paramountaurora.com or 630.896.6666. Photo credit: Liz Lauren

(from left) Theo Moss plays Randy, Michael Harp is Ralphie, Danni Smith plays the mother and Michael Accardo plays the Old Man in A Christmas Story – The Musical. Aurora’s Paramount Theatre has turned one of the most iconic holiday movies ever into a larger-than-life musical comedy blockbuster. Performances run through January 3, 2016. Tickets: paramountaurora.com or 630.896.6666. Photo credit: Liz Lauren

 

A Christmas Story – The Musical, everyone’s favorite holiday comedy about little Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, is now on the Paramount stage through January 3.
Paramount‘s production stars 13-year-old Michael Harp as little Ralphie with his parents played by Danni Smith as his Mother, Michael Accardo as The Old Man and Philip Earl Johnson as the narrator, Jean.
Of this cast of 31, 21 actors are making their Paramount debut in A Christmas Story – The Musical, directed by Nick Bowling, choreographed by Rhett Guter, and with musical director Tom Vendafreddo conducting the 17-member Paramount Orchestra playing the full, original Broadway orchestrations.
Brimming with dynamite performances and overflowing with comedy and heart, A Christmas Story – The Musical is the adaptation of the 1983 indie cult film which became a Broadway musical spectacular in 2012.
Who doesn’t love nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, a typical boy growing up in 1940s Indiana? With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
The music is energetic, unforgettable and ranges from gentle ballads to full-on, show-stopping numbers. The imagery takes audiences back to an easier time we often long for, but the message remains the same: family, friendship, love – the holidays are nothing without them.
Bring your family and celebrate the holidays with this beloved story of a department store Santa, a Leg Lamp, a snow suit and friends that will never leave your side – even if your tongue is stuck to a flag pole.
 
Regular performances continue through January 3. Show times are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Note: There will be two certified sign interpreters translating all dialogue and lyrics into American Sign Language on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $41 to $56. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., in the heart of downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com call (630) 896-6666 or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances. A Christmas Story – The Musical is rated PG.