If you love A Christmas Story on film, you’ll love the musical

Avital Asuleen as Mrs. Shields and Evan Gray as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story." Photo provided.

America’s #1 Christmas movie comes to life on stage in Oklahoma City November 3-8 and in Tulsa November 10-15 as a hilarious holiday musical. Based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story – The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams – a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun. (“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”)

A kooky 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 young Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

If you love the film, you’ll love this musical version of it. Mark Lowry, writing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, says, “You know what happens to beloved movies when they’re turned into musicals, right? Usually not so good. So it’s a pleasure to report that A Christmas Story, the Musical…bucks the trend. It’s a smart and hilarious take on not just the movie, but also on the autobiographical Jean Shepherd stories the movie is based on.”

“The musical is a twinkling Christmas delight, with pleasant and lively numbers that aim to enhance key moments that you’ll recall from the original. This is fun for the whole family,” says Chris Gibson, of Broadway World in St. Louis.

Oklahoma City performances are at the Civic Center Music Hall, November 3 through 8. Tickets range from $20 to $75 and are available online at www.celebrityattractions.com, by phone at (405) 297-2264, or at the Civic Center Music Hall box office, 201 N. Walker Ave., in Oklahoma City.

Tulsa performances are in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Chapman Music Hall, November 10 through 15. Tickets can be purchased by phone at the TPAC ticket office, (918) 596-7109, or online at www.celebrityattractions.com.

“A Christmas Story, the Musical” is brought to Oklahoma City and Tulsa by Celebrity Attractions.

The Gayly – November 6, 2015 @ 10:15 a.m.