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I have fond memories of watching A Christmas Story growing up on Christmas day and at least twice during the holiday season. It has become sort of a tradition to watch and now, I share that tradition with my family. When I heard that A Christmas Story: The Musical was coming to Paper Mill Playhouse, you bet that I couldn’t wait to attend a performance!
Paper Mill Playhouse is like having Broadway in your backyard because of its convenient location, right in Millburn, NJ. No need to travel into NYC to see Broadway quality productions because you can find them right here at home! For those o you not familiar with the Paper Mill Playhouse, they’re a not for profit organization that has been entertaining audiences with live theater performances since 1938 and feature world class productions with A-list talent! There’s also an on site restaurant, Carriage House Bistro & Bar, where you can enjoy dinner and drinks before a performance.
We all couldn’t wait for a fun family night out by attending A Christmas Story: The Musical! Lonnie and I brought E and her cousin (my nephew), Angel to the performance! We don’t get to do things with just the big kids, without baby Aric, so this was a nice treat for all of us. E loves live stage performances but has never attended a musical like this before. It was a truly exciting experience for the whole family!
The storyline is almost identical to the 1983 film which most have us have known to love and contains many of the classic line from the film like, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”. Not familiar with A Christmas Story? Here’s the synopsis of the musical:
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 is most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. It’s funny, heartfelt, and captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grow-ups alike. Bring the whole family, again and again. The holiday movie that the whole world loves comes to musical life.
The musical began shortly after we took our seats and the kids were instantly hooked from the first scene. Elise and Angel particularly enjoyed the scenes with Pete and Lily, two purebred bloodhounds who played the roles of the Bumpus Hounds in the musical. Their eyes lit up as they watched the hounds run across the stage! They also loved seeing the child actors performing songs and dancing in scenes throughout the show.
One of my favorite scenes from Act One was in Scene Three which included the musical number When You’re A Wimp and introduced Scut Farkus and Grover Dill, characters you might remember from the film.
The last few scenes of the musical were hands down some of our favorites as a family but, I don’t want to spoil it for you so I won’t go into too much detail. Let’s just say if you’re a fan of the classic movie, you’ll most likely enjoy these scenes as well, especially the last one! The songs were catchy and the dance numbers were a joy to watch be performed! The cast was incredible and Colton Mauer and Hudson Loverro were spot on as Ralphie and Randy!
- Wednesday at 7PM
- Thursday at 1:30PM and 7PM
- Friday at 7PM
- Saturday at 1:30PM and 7PM
- Sunday at 1:30PM and 7PM
Tickets can be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office, or online. Don’t forget to check out upcoming shows the Paper Mill Playhouse which include A Bronx Tale, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Westside Story!
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