Chicago actor steps into Shepherd's shoes, past in 'Christmas Story' musical

The scene is Christmas Eve in the mid-1970s. A solitary disc jockey at WOR radio in New York draws late-night fans into the dear, distant past. Growing up in Indiana in the 1940s, his entire kid-year hinged on glorious, beautiful Christmas .... Then "A Christmas Story, The Musical!" roars to double-barreled life in flashback. Bespectacled grade-schooler Ralphie Parker (Clarke Hallum) yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun, The Old Man (John Bolton) bags a Major Award and Mother (Rachel Bay Jones) declares war on leg lamps. The Chicago-mounted adaptation of Jean Shepherd's yule film concludes a five-city tour with a Dec. 14 to 30 run at The Chicago Theatre.....

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