I saw the musical “A Christmas Story” in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Nov., 7, 2015. Like many, I had only seen the movie, so I did not know if the musical would be good or cheesy. Needless to say I was actually very impressed with it.
Based on the film of the same name, all Ralphie (Dylan Boyd/Myles Moore) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun and will do whatever it takes to get it. Starting on the first of Dec., he tries to convince his parents (Susannah Jones and Christopher Swan) that it is the perfect Christmas gift for him. From the phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out,” to bunny suits, it is a Christmas story to never forget.
Jean Shepard (Chris Carsten), who is a radio talk show host who narrates the story and he is is a part of the musical. He does not talk to the characters, but is more of an observer. It is like, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” when Harry is in Snape’s mind.
Carsten did a great job in the musical, he did not sing often, but he brought humor to the character.
Dylan Boyd or Miles Moore (both are alternates and I do not know who was on that night) was fantastic as Ralphie. He had a lot of energy and a great voice. One of his best songs was probably “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and “When You’re a Wimp” with Randy (Josh Turchin) and the rest of the kids in the cast.
Jones was good as the mother. She had a great voice, but her acting was mediocre. However, her best song was “What a Mother Does,” where the audience gets to hear and see how the character feels about being a mother, which is not something we see in the movie. The actress portrayed the character in a very motherly way and in a more loving manner than the film.
Swan as the Old Man was definitely one of the best in the cast . He had a great voice, great humor for the part and was a good dancer, as seen in “A Major Award,” a song about the character winning the infamous leg lamp, which had the audience applauding and cheering.
The entire cast in this musical was fantastic. The music was good and the sets were fitting, even if they were a little cheesy. The musical had talented kids, ensemble and was overall a feel good show. The children were also great dancers, especially in the song “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”
Overall the musical turned out to be a fun show to watch. It was great to see one of my favorite Christmas films come to life.