Pasek and Paul’s A Christmas Story, The Musical receives its European Premier at Waterloo East Theatre this Christmas.
From the songwriting team behind the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning films La La Land and The Greatest Showman, – A Christmas Story, The Musical brings the classic perennial 1983 holiday movie to hilarious life on stage!
A Christmas Story, The Musical with book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on US television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, we follow young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the Christmas gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Rebuffed at every turn, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.
With a delightful versatile score ranging from gentle ballads to show-stopping numbers A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t. – A Christmas musical for all the family.
A Christmas Story, The Musical successful 2013 Broadway run garnered three Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Joseph Robinette) and Best Original Score (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), along with six Drama Desk nominations, and two Outer Critics Circle nominations.
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman. Their songs “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (with collaborator Justin Hurwitz) were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and “City of Stars” garnered both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Pasek & Paul most recently won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, which was also nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Waterloo East Theatre is thrilled to finally be able to make this announcement after being granted the rights back in February and the many months of discussions that followed with the original creatives of how best to adapt the show for a small stage, is looking forward to bringing this wonderful musical to the UK for the first time.