Joining the recent cavalcade of shows that hope to ride a lucrative wave of nostalgia, a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Story" will be coming to Broadway this holiday season.
The original 1983 comedy starred a 12-year-old Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, a Depression-era kid obsessed with receiving a new BB gun for Christmas (an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, for those who want to get specific), and the film became a holiday classic as a result of repeated showings on basic cable.
"It's like the 'Seinfeld' of Christmas movies," Billingsley told NPR last winter as the musical was beginning a brief national tour with the hopes of shifting to Broadway. "It's ... mundane — but it's so much of the things we go through around the holiday."
Among the moments that come to mind from the film are a kid getting his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole, Ralphie's father winning a magnificently tacky "major award" and a number of elaborately funny fantasy sequences, which will now be given a musical expansion under the direction of John Rando ("Urinetown").