Now playing at Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse is “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” The show began running on Nov. 25 and will continue through the holiday season with a final performance on Jan. 3, 2016. This is a delightful show for the entire family to come out and enjoy together.
Recently, the press was invited to a sneak peek of the show. “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is based on the popular 1983 film titled “A Christmas Story.” The book for this musical is by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is being directed by Brandon Ivie and choreographed by Mara Newbery Greer. The Music Director is Ben Whiteley.
“There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse to experience this heartwarming and hilarious musical based on the film that you know and love,” commented Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee. “Bring the entire family and share an experience they will never forget.”
Press notes about the show include this description of the storyline: Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas.
When speaking with Director Ivie at the press event, he said that there is all new choreography for this Paper Mill version. He also noted that as a director it is the “biggest, most complicated kid’s show he’s ever done.”
Mr. Ivie also said that the show is from a child’s point of view and they will enjoy seeing Ralphie in almost every scene.
As someone who had previously seen the Broadway version, it was interesting to see this as the cast provided their performance that afternoon. To see more photos of that evident, go to the website www.LetsGototheTheater.com.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” features a cast of Broadway veterans and amazing young talent. Judah Immanuel and Colton Maurer will share the role of Ralphie, a role they have each performed in previous productions. Hudson Loverro who plays Randy has performed in productions of “Oliver!” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Playing the role of the mother is Elena Shaddow who was last seen at the Paper Mill playing Maria in ‘The Sound of Music.” Ted Koch plays Jean Shepherd, Chris Hoch plays The Old Man, and Danette Holden plays Miss Shields.
The adult ensemble includes Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Jacob ben Widmar, Jillian Butler, Andrew Cristi, Madge Dietrich, Carlos Encinias, Marjorie Failoni, Ellie Fishman, Thay Floyd, Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Charlie Johnson and Kirsten Wyatt.
The children’s ensemble includes: Laurel Caruso, Avery Oliver Espirito, Vincenzo Faruolo, Parker James Fullmore, Ruby Griffin, Mackenzie Lewis, Anna McCarthy, Ryan McInnes, Gabriel Reis, Anthony Rosenthal, Dana Beth Steiner and Gavin Swartz.
Also a part of the cast are two purebred bloodhounds named Pete and Lily playing the roles of The Bumpus Hounds. These dogs were adopted and rescued by trainer and guardian William Berloni. Mr. Berloni recruited Pete and Lily for the original Broadway Production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”
“A Christmas Story: The Musical” will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Check Paper Mill Playhouse’s website for special holiday week schedules. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29 and may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.
Paper Mill Playhouse, a leader in accessibility, will offer the following special performances for “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”
- Audio-described performances – Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec.20, at 1:30 p.m. Prior to these performances at noon, the theater will offer free sensory seminars.
- A sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 7:00 p.m.
- Autism-friendly performance will be on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free open house titled Meet Your Seat on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00pm.