“’A Christmas Story’ has always meant a lot to me personally,” Billingsley told The Hollywood Reporter “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals.”
The film follows Ralphie on his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, despite the fact that his mother, teacher and Santa Claus all shoot down his dream with the five immortal words: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” “A Christmas Story: The Musical!” has an original score created by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and reportedly remains loyal to Jean Shepherd’s 1983 film.
“A Christmas Story” certainly lends itself to the musical treatment, and we’re hoping that if the musical is a success (and makes it to the East Coast!) it will pave the way for some other ’80s classics to hit the stage. A “Goonies” adaptation is already in the works, but what about “The Breakfast Club,” “Back to the Future” or “The Princess Bride“? Just as long as they don’t adapt any of these, we’ll be happy.
Are you glad that Billingsley is making “A Christmas Story: The Musical!”?