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?
  • That is my favorite movie of all time!! I would love to see it as a musical.
  • I can just hear it now--Hot Legs as performed by Rod Stewart!
  • It is actually kinda difficult to think of big shows, particularly musicals, whose stories were not previously told elsewhere: The Lion King, Wicked, Hairspray, Les Mis, Mary Poppins, Little Women, etc., etc. And people flock to these. So it is no surprise that A Christmas Story would show up on the list.

    But no one--NO ONE--will ever top the genuis as Darren McGavin as The Old Man. Just let 'em try.
  • Wish I could edit that last sentence. It's a hot mess. I spelled a word wrong and then said as instead of of. Sheesh.
  • If it does become a musical, I'm sure it will receive a major award.
  • Hooray for playing it safe.

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