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Ralphie’s got a gun ... & tap shoes

March 28, 2008
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Playbill.com reports that “A Christmas Story,” the Jean Shepherd-based film that put Hoosier holidays on the pop-culture radar, is being developed as a stage musical. Already in my head, I’m hearing the song “Lick the Pole” sung to the “Little Mermaid” tune “Kiss the Girl.”

As much as some theater commentators complain about it, is there anything inherently wrong with adapting material from other media for the musical stage? What, in your view, have been the best and worst of these adaptation?

And what do you think the prospects are for the musical versions of Ralphie, Randy and the rest of the Parkers?
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