If you’re excited to see A Christmas Story, the Musical at Near West Theatre, reserve early. With just under two months till opening night, we are already seeing encouraging early ticket reservations.
Sales began long before the Sept. 15 start of rehearsals. Among them were six Star Seats purchased by a New York City patron and a block of 25 tickets reserved by a local group. It’s no surprise that people are excited. This Cleveland premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical, on stage Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, is part of a citywide celebration of the 30th anniversary of the beloved movie A Christmas Story – the saga of a little boy whose happiness back in 1940 depends on getting a Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun under the tree. This brand new musical version is a small-town slice of mid-America that wraps its way into your heart like the smell of hot chocolate and fresh baked Christmas cookies. It’s based on the film, which was shot mostly in Cleveland.
Near West Theatre will bring a special hometown touch to this newly minted Broadway favorite. On the NWT stage, you’ll see a diverse hometown cast of over 50, including more than 30 children and teenagers. They’ll play out Ralphie’s heroic fantasies of saving his family from wild-west villains, while his Dad dreams of winning a “Major Award,” complete with dancing leg lamps! With a stunning set showcasing 1940s Cleveland Christmas memorabilia and downtown shopping at Higbee’s, this production is a trip down memory lane that the whole family will enjoy.
Filled with big production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical premiered on Broadway in 2012 and was honored with three Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Like the film, it is based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. It features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.
Tickets are available online here; by calling 216-961-6391 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays; or by visiting our business office in the Gordon Square Arcade Building, 6516 Detroit Ave., Suite 9, during those same hours. Any remaining tickets will be sold at our performance site, 3606 Bridge Ave., starting one hour before each show. General admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under; or support Near West Theatre’s art and mission by purchasing a $20 reserved Star Seat with special benefits. Sign-language interpretation will be offered at the performance on Thursday, Dec. 5. — Julie Cajigas
A Christmas Story, the Musical
Musical by Joseph Robinette, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul,
based upon A Christmas Story © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and on the book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
A Christmas Story, the Musical, is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.