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Jake Goodman and Gary Briggle in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

Ridiculous humor abounds in Ordway’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm | Leave your thoughts

Written by Basil Considine, Twin Cities Daily Planet Perhaps the best summary of A Christmas Story: The Musical comes from a couple’s exchange during intermission at a recent performance. “It’s so ridiculous!” said one. “I know, said the other. “And that’s why it’s so wonderful. I need to make all of my friends come see it.” If the volume of laughter is any measure, that performance’s audience wholeheartedly agreed. In a year that has seen ... more


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Ralphie and The Old Man visit Kare 11

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | Leave your thoughts

Jake Goodman and Dieter Bierbrauer, who play Ralphie and The Old Man in “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” stopped by KARE News@4 to talk about the show, how the musical compares to the classic holiday movie and why this is the perfect holiday event for people of any age.  


Billie Wildrick and Jake Goodman in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

10 Reasons Why You Need to See “A Christmas Story” Now

December 9, 2014 4:52 pm | Leave your thoughts

Written by MN Theater Love 10 Reasons Why You Need to See “A Christmas Story” Now   Here’s why A Christmas Story at the Ordway needs to be your holiday show this year: 10.  The 1983 movie, starring Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin, is a holiday tradition in many homes (thanks to yearly marathons on TBS). From “You’ll shoot your eye out!” to “I can’t put my arms down!” every moment of this film is ... more


Jake Goodman in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

Star Tribune Review: Much-loved on film, ‘A Christmas Story” is charming onstage, too

December 9, 2014 1:03 pm | Leave your thoughts

“The Ordway’s homespun production of ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ is the star atop this year’s holiday live-entertainment tree.”   Written by Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune Clip on your mittens, wriggle into your snowsuit, hop into the Oldsmobile and get to downtown St. Paul. The Ordway’s homespun production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is the star atop this year’s holiday live-entertainment tree. Fans of the neoclassic movie, which features a bespectacled 1940s Indiana boy ... more


Josh Feldman, Jake Goodman, Carter Bannwarth and James Ciccarelle in A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

BWW Review: A Christmas Story is a Charming, Funny, Nostalgic Look at Holiday Memories

December 9, 2014 12:57 pm | Leave your thoughts

“The Ordway’s A Christmas Story is a wonderful, fun, extravagant, poignant, top-notch production of a new musical based on a beloved classic.”   Written by Jill Schafer, Broadway World Minneapolis St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is returning to its tradition of an original and (mostly) locally cast production during holidays, rather than the touring productions that often come through. In fact, the last Ordway Original holiday production was 2011’s Cinderella. This year’s ... more


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Star Tribune: Big-budget production of ‘A Christmas Story’ goes up at Ordway

December 5, 2014 4:26 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune When “A Christmas Story” opens Friday at Ordway Center in St. Paul, with little Ralphie trying his hardest to get a toy gun from Santa, it won’t be just another big production on the roster of Broadway tours. It will be the Ordway’s very own splashy staging, complete with a 19-member orchestra, a village-sized cast and two rescue dogs. “Christmas Story” underscores the kind of work that the multi-arts venue ... more


The cast of A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photo by Christian Brown

WCCO names “A Christmas Story” best holiday show in MN

December 5, 2014 2:17 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Natalie Nyhus, WCCO-TV ‘Tis the season to watch your favorite Christmas classic – “A Christmas Story.” Now imagine bringing those memories to life with song and dance. You voted “A Christmas Story, The Musical” the best holiday show in Minnesota. Sharon Hailey is the show’s director and choreographer. “We’re lucky in that the movie was not a musical. So we have an awful lot of freedom to create and to invent what those numbers will be,” ... more


Meet Oliver, a Bumpus Hound

December 4, 2014 1:36 pm | Leave your thoughts

The Bumpus Hounds play an integral role in the plotline of A Christmas Story, so naturally they make an appearance in the musical version too. One of the hounds, Oliver, stopped by the Twin Cities Live studio with his handler, AJ Sullivan. Oliver was trained by William Berloni, who is one of the top animal trainers for stage and screen. Oliver came from a New Jersey adoption group in 2007 and has toured with productions of Annie as well ... more


Behind-the-scenes with the kids of “A Christmas Story, the Musical”

December 4, 2014 1:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

Emily Engberg from Twin Cities Live hung out with some of the kids who are starring in A Christmas Story, the Musical at the Ordway. Josh Feldman (Flick), Jake Goodman (Ralphie) and James Ciccarelle (Randy) aren’t native Minnesotans, but they’ve been having a lot of fun in the Cities while they are playing the iconic stars of this timeless story. The segment also includes behind-the-scenes footage of the kids during rehearsal.