A Christmas Story Set To Make Philadelphia Premiere
Were heading back to Philadelphia today as we continue and expand our theatre coverage in the city of Brotherly Love (And our original hometown)! With an already legit theatre scene that proves to be ever-expanding, Luner on Theatre is thrilled to provide more theatre news on a city so close to our heart! We begin with one of the city’s best known theatres! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the full casting for A Christmas Story at Walnut Street Theatre!
A Christmas Story is a musical that features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul with a book by Joseph Robinette. Based off of the 1983 film of the same title, the musical tells the story of a young boy named Ralphie who has a wild imagination and one wish for Christmas! All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun. However he must first conquer a few obstacles such as a leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole on the way to achieving his Christmas dream. The production debuted on Broadway in 2012 (Pictured Below Right) and received critical acclaim receiving several Tony Award nominations including Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. The show returned to New York City in 2013 appearing at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
Walnut Street Theatre’s brings A Christmas Story to Philadelphia this winter not only marking the show’s Philadelphia premiere but also in time for the holidays! A Christmas Story will run on the Main Stage at Walnut Street Theatre from November 10th, 2015 through January 10th, 2016. The December 6th performance will feature open captioning while the December 28th performance will be ASL interpreted and audio described. Due to the fact that the production falls over the course of several major U.S. holidays, visit the Walnut’s website for a breakdown of when there are and are not performances. Tickets range from $20 to $95.
Casting for A Christmas Story varies as many of the roles are doubled cast. Roles that are not double cast and consistent throughout the run include Bill Van Horn as Jean Shephard, Lyn Philistine as Mother, Christopher Sutton as The Old Man, Melissa Joy Hart as Mrs. Schwartz, Ellie Mooney as Miss Shields, Fran Prisco as Santa, Christopher Shin as Waiter and Olivier & Sammy who appear as the Bumpus Hounds. The ensemble for the production includes Don Daniels, Andrew Eckert, Jennie Eisenhower, Billy D. Hart, Melissa Joy Hart, Jessie Jones, Bonnie Kelly, Scott Langdon, Jessica Mary Murphy, Nichalas L. Parker, Jenny Piersol, Fran Prisco, Kerri Rose, Nicholas F. Saverine, Christopher Shin, Alanna Smith, Rochelle Smith and Adrienne S. Wells. Thanks to Photo by Mark Garvin for the photo!
The following actors in supporting roles and children’s ensemble can be seen Monday through Friday evenings as well as the Wednesday matinees on 12/23 & 12/30 in addition to the Friday matinée 11/27. These include Craig Mulhern Jr. as Ralphie Parker, Collin Jeffery as Randy Parker, Jacob Wilner as Schwartz, Josiah Jacoby as Flick, Anthony Flammino as Scut Farkus and Aidan Brito as Grover Dill. The children’s ensemble for these days include Lexi Gwynn, Jillian Henderson, Rachel McVey, Portia Murphy, Noah Scher, Gabrielle Schoener and Nick Williams.
The following actors in supporting roles and children’s ensemble can be see on Thursday matinees as well as all shows on Saturday and Sunday. These include Liam Keenan as Ralphie Parker, Timmy Woodward as Randy Parker, Marco Porras as Schwartz, Jakob Kleeman as Flick, Zach Anderson as Scut Farkus and Luke Plunkett as Grover Dill. The children’s ensemble includes Jordan Budney, Cameron Flurry, Cambria Klein, Jack Prisco, Matthew Saylor, Alanna Stein and Julianna Zannikos.
Helming A Christmas Story is James Rocco as director with Linda Goodrich as choreographer. Douglas G. Lutz is musical and vocal director. The rest of the creative team includes J Branson as scenic designer, Mary Folino as costume coordinator, Paul Black as lighting designer and Zach Williamson as sound designer. William Berloni is animal trainer.
“A Christmas Story at the Walnut is definitely going to bring some much-needed holiday cheer to the Philadelphia theatre scene. With key moments from the motion picture and a story that is considered a classic for the current generation of theatre lovers, I have no doubt it will be a successful run.”
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as A Christmas Story comes to the Philadelphia region and hits the stage at Walnut Street! Stay tuned for photos and more soon! We’re hoping for a chance to catch this production live as it brings holiday wonder to Philly just in time for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season! For more information, visit Walnut Street Theatre’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!