"A Christmas Story" is back in New York for a second year in a row. NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.
When Madison Square Garden ended its holiday musical version of “A Christmas Carol” years ago, I couldn't imagine another show equaling the joyfulness of that Broadway caliber production. Well we have one now! “A Christmas Story,” back in New York after last year's triumphant Broadway outting, is every bit as warm, wonderful and entertaining!
If you enjoyed it last year, you can essentially repeat the thrill this year. "A Christmas Story' at MSG's Theater is virtually the same show, though two of the child leads playing Ralphie and younger brother Randy, are new. Rest assured, they have talent to spare.
The entire creative team brilliantly adapted the film, combining clever theatrical elements, the music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is tunefully catchy and lyrically rich.
Their inspired collaboration with book writer Joseph Robinette produced a cornucopia of irreverent humor mixed with sweet sentiment. It all comes together under John Rando's immaculate direction and Warren Carlyle's inventive choreography and how impressive their work with those amazing kids who come off like seasoned pros.
The adult leads are better than ever, Dan Lauria, narrating; John Bolton and Erin Dilley as Ralphie's stressed out but loving parents and Caroline O'Connor's spunky teacher Miss Shields are clearly having a ball.
Make that the entire ensemble!
"A Christmas Story" is everything you could wish for on your list of family friendly holiday shows.
You're sure to laugh, spill a tear and, mercifully forget that there's less than two weeks of shopping days left until the big day.