Halloween is over and a strong whiff of Christmas is coming from Pullman, where Regional Theatre of the Palouse opens “A Christmas Story, The Musical” tonight.The Broadway show is based on the classic holiday movie set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Ind., where 9-year-old Ralphie Parker burns with desire for a Red Ryder BB gun. His mother says absolutely not, and Ralphie hatches numerous plots to get the gun for Christmas.
The musical holds tight to the movie’s iconic scenes: the boy who gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole, rough-and-tumble school bullies, the hideous leg lamp, the unwanted bunny suit, etc. The score, composed by Tony award-winning artists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers like, “A Major Award,” “Up on Santa’s Lap” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.” Based on the book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” song and dance shoots the movie version into a new dimension for lovers of this beloved story about family bonds and holiday expectations.
If You Go
WHAT: “A Christmas Story, The Musical”
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Nov. 3-4, 8 and Nov. 9-11
1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4- 5 and Nov. 11-12.
WHERE: Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave., Pullman
COST: $12 to $20 by calling (509) 334-0750, online at rtoptheatre.org or
at the door