A Christmas Story: new musical to have industrial reading

Gerald Goehring and Michael Jenkins will present an industry reading of the new musical, A Christmas Story, based on the Warner Brothers� movie and humorist Jean Shepherd�s novel 'In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash' on 16 & 17 Dec 2008.

A Christmas Story is a new musical based on the beloved holiday film of the same name. Ralphie, the mischievous, bespeckled boy, dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie and his friends get into all kinds of trouble� including encounters with a �yellow-eyed� bully, a tongue stuck to lamp post, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leglamp major award and a Chinese Christmas dinner.

The cast of A Christmas Story includes Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Stargate) as Jean/Ralph, Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town) as Old Man, Liz Larsen (Starmites, Damn Yankees) as Mother, Dalton Harrod (ACE � the musical) as Ralphie, Michael D�Addario (All My Sons) as Randy, Simon Pincus (Dr. Seuss� How The Grinch Stole Christmas ) as Flick, Henry Hodges (Mary Poppins) as Schwartz and Annie Golden (Xanadu) as Miss Shields.

The ensemble features Chantylla Johnson, Lina Silver, Luke Marcus Rosen, Aaron D. Conley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Tom Aulino, Matt Wilson, Todd Alan Johnson, Jill Abramovitz, Jesmille Darbouze, and Mimi Bessette.

A Christmas Story features a book by Joseph Robinette (Charlotte�s Web, Sarah, Plain and Tall) and music & lyrics by Scott Davenport Richards (A Thousand Words Come to Mind). A Christmas Story is directed by Eric Rosen (Artistic Director, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Clay), with James Sampliner (Mamma Mia!) serving as Music Director. The production stage manager is Robert Bennett (American Buffalo, Nick and Nora). Kansas City Repertory Theatre is the regional theatre partner of A Christmas Story.

A Christmas Story is open to members of the Industry by invitation only.

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