*Disclaimer – I was given preview tickets to review this show on the blog. Because I have a blog, and a leg lamp, and a mini leg lamp and appreciate all that The Rose Theater offers to my community, I sooooo did it. This is my honest review of my experience with my family at this show.
Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I love LOVE LOVE A Christmas Story.
I mean, see here:
My Major Award.
Happy Holidays from Mom On The Rocks
So, last year I heard A Christmas Story was on Broadway. Immediately I felt it my duty to drop everything, fore go my budget, and my kids’ college fund, or the fact that I’ve never been to NYC and certainly don’t know how to navigate to a Broadway show, to go see A Christmas Story, The Musical. But my voice of reason, also known as my husband, distracted me with something like, “Look, something shiny!” And talked me down off of Expedia. The next day I found my credit card in his sock drawer…so weird.
As usual, he was right. (Don’t tell him I said that, though.)
A Christmas Story – The Musical is now on national tour and playing here in Omaha at The Rose Theater. In a scheming effort to get my way, and since I control the happenings of the Advent Calendar, I took the opportunity to put it in our Advent Calendar. Once the calendar is prepared and assembled, there’s no going back. I got this.
To be fair, my kids appreciate the movie A Christmas Story as much as I do. And so, last night, after a post-season middle school basketball game, we hustled over to The Rose Theater to see A Christmas Story – The Musical. We passed by a billboard sign on the way there and the kids asked, “Wait a second, how are they making it into a MUSICAL?”
Clearly I haven’t exposed my kids to the theater or the arts enough. “Well, that’s the fun of live performances, you can see the interpretation and transition from big screen to live stage performance…” But my very insightful response fell on deaf ears, they’d posed the question with no intent of listeing to a response. So, I texted them “Musicals are fun. You’re going to love it.”
“How are they going to make it into a musical?” Like this, kid. Duh!!!
And the musical at The Rose rocked their tween socks right off. We all giggled. Each song dug a little deeper into the character. I particularly appreciated Mother’s song, “What a Mother Does” which gave me some leverage at my own home, so thanks for that one. It was well performed, and beautifully written. Just perfect. So, listen for that one, kids.
The strangest thing happened, all four of us forgot we even had cell phones. It was a beautiful thing.
As always, I was so impressed by the professionalism of the kids on stage. It might be on their own merit, or it could be because I could hear my own two precious children fiddling and jacking around next to me. To their defense, they were discussing how they liked that they kept the good parts from the movie (the whole thing) the same. The musical did grab their attention, though, and they thought it was hilarious. Once the leg lamp dance – yeah, there’s an entire choreographed scene with leg lamps – once that happened, it commanded respect from our entire family.
Just some kids totally crushin it.
There were several scenes and songs and choreography where kids and youth are up there on their own, totally nailing the performance. Ralphie, played by Danny Dennenberg, was a doppelganger to the original Ralphie – Peter Billingsley in every sense – particularly his delivery. But the kid can sing too. Every character nailed the physical comedy as well as their token lines like, “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie!” Randy, played by Jude Glaser eeked out every whine and whimper perfectly.
It was a brilliant live performance with innovative songs while maintaining all of the perfect familiarities of the movie and characters.
When you see this scene live, you realize how amazing it is, the timing, the enunciation of words while your tongue is “stuck” all that. It’s pretty impressive.
After the performance, we splurged and went out to eat while we continued to giggle and review our notes. Max and Lucy confessed that they thought since it was at The Rose, that it would be too “kiddish” but were happily surprised that they had so much fun. My kids want to grow up too fast. I just want to keep them kids for as long as I can. So, I think I won this tug-of-war. You’re never too old to go to The Rose!
A Christmas Story: The Musical is live on stage at The Rose Theater. Click here for show times and tickets. It’s even better than getting a Red Ryder BB Gun, I promise. It’s really a great show for kids of all ages, which is something I find is more difficult as the kids get older. Which is what makes this show so worth a holiday treat.
Keep On Rockin.