November 2015 - Let Us Entertain You - A Christmas Story
This holiday season, for the first time in Albuquerque, one of America’s favorite Christmas movies comes to life live-on-stage in a hilarious, large scale Broadway musical, at the Popejoy Hall, November 19 – 22. A Christmas Story, The Musical, chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. This show will have local child performers, Dakota Bohman and Jackson Murrieta, who received the honor after an open audition giving local children the opportunity to perform as an ensemble cast member and help bring the production to life when the tour premieres in Albuquerque.
A Christmas Story, The Musical was nominated for three TONY Awards® including Best New Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. The Musical features a festive and nostalgic holiday themed score by composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite. The 2012 Broadway production was originally directed by John Rando and the new national tour direction will be by Matt Lenz. TONY Award® winner Warren Carlyle’s Broadway choreography will be reset for the tour by Jason Sparks. Scenery, costumes, and lighting will be based on the Broadway designs by Walt Spangler, Elizabeth Hope Clancy, and Howell Binkley, with the new concepts for the national tour created by Mike Carnahan, Lisa Zinni, and Charlie Morrison respectively. The hounds will play themselves.
Tickets for A Christmas Story are on sale now starting at only $35. Tickets are available online at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com or at the UNM Ticket Offices and select area Albertsons locations.