A Christmas Story, The Musical!

A Christmas Story, The Musical!

America's #1 Christmas movie comes to Tampa Dec. 6-11 as a hilarious holiday musical. Based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story, The Musical! chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams -- a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun. ("You'll shoot your eye out kid!") A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa and a double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between young Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Produced by the film's original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, A Christmas Story, The Musical! features a bright holiday score by composer/lyricist team Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, a hilarious book by Joseph Robinette. It's a perennial holiday classic that will entertain the whole family. For the official website, visit achristmasstorythemusical.com.

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Dec. 6 - 11, 2011 Carol Morsani Hall
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On-Site Dining

Enjoy a meal before the show.

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Show Dates & Times

Tues. 7:30 p.m. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. Sun. 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6-11


Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50.

Group minimum is 15 people.
Receive a 10% for groups of 15 or more, and a 15% discount for groups of 40 or more.
Receive 2 comps per group of 40 or more.
*Excludes Friday & Saturday evening
Early Bird Discount: receive an additional 5% off the Group ticket price, if paid in full 8 weeks out.
Student group rates of $25 Gallery tickets and $35 Balcony tickets (plus service fee) for select performances.
There is a talkback on Wed., Dec. 7 in the theater following the performance.

Broadway Family Night! For the Wednesday night, Dec. 7 performance, purchase one full-price adult ticket and get one FREE child's (12 and under) ticket (restrictions apply). Not available for purchase online. Stay after the Wed., Dec. 7, performance for a post-show talkback in theater.

Educator's discount: 50% off. Limit 2 tickets. Tuesday and Wednesday only. Balcony and Gallery only. Other restrictions apply.

There is a maximum ticket allotment of eight tickets per account/household/business for paid, ticketed events. (For some shows, it may be less.) Applicable service charges added at point of purchase. There is no maximum for free, non-ticketed events.

For ticket purchases via the phone or ticket office, service charges are waived for current annual Straz members at the $400 level and higher, although special handling fees may apply to some shows. Service charges for online transactions apply to all members. 

Pursuant to s.817.36, Florida Statutes, no Straz Center ticket may be offered or resold for more than $1 over the face value of the ticket.

About the Show

Music & Lyrics by BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
Choreographed by WARREN CARLYLE
Directed by JOHN RANDO

After garnering rave reviews in last season’s production at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Clarke Hallum and John Bolton (Spamalot, Contact, Titanic) return to A Christmas Story, The Musical! as Ralphie and The Old Man. Matthew Lewis also returns as little brother Randy. New to the production are Gene Weygandt (Wicked, Big) as Jean Shepherd and Rachel Bay Jones (Women on The Verge…, Hair) as The Mother.

Clarke Hallum and John Bolton (Spamalot, Contact, Titanic) reprise their acclaimed performances as Ralphie and The Old Man from the 2010 Seattle production of A Christmas Story, The Musical!. Matthew Lewis also returns as little brother Randy. New to the production are Gene Weygandt (Wicked, Big) as Jean Shepherd and Rachel Bay Jones (Women on The Verge…, Hair) as The Mother. Broadway favorite Karen Mason (Wonderland, Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard) will play school teacher Miss Shields in an ensemble that includes John Francis Babbo, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Cristi, Sally Elting, Nick Gaswirth, Nicholas Gonzales, Casey Gorab, Drea Gordon, Leslie Henstock, Carl Kimbrough, Sean Mcknight, Mara Newbery, Lyn Philistine, Charlie Plummer, Alex Puette, Johnny Rabe, Kayla Rea, Emily Rudolph, Jake Bennett Siegfried, Marguerite Willbanks, George Andrew Wolff, Kirsten Wyatt and Adam Pelty (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Steel Pier) will play Santa. Visit Playbill.com to read more.


There will be postshow talk-back on Dec. 7.

Food for Thought
We hope you use these prompts to discuss A Christmas Story, The Musical!

One of the more amusing scenes in the movie A Christmas Story is when Flick gets his tongue stuck on a freezing flagpole. It apparently prompted a question to the snopes.com urban myth-busting site on whether anyone had to get their tongue cut off because of that. (They couldn’t answer the question.) Garrison Keillor told a similar tongue-freezing story on Prairie Home Companion. What kinds of warnings did your parents tell you to keep you from certain types of behavior? For Straz Center staff, it was “If someone scares you, your face will get stuck like that.”

A Christmas Story is one of the most popular holiday movies, especially for those with a fondness for the ‘80s. What is your favorite holiday movie? Miracle on 34th Street? It’s a Wonderful Life? Elf? Discuss, and then have some egg nog.

Run-time: 140 minutes including intermission

A Christmas Story (Free Movie)

A Christmas Story (Free Movie)

Free movie on the lawn! This year marks our fourth anniversary of screening A Christmas Story. That's officially a holiday tradition! This "little" 1983 film gets funnier, more heart-warming and more beloved with each passing year. All 9-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun despite the adults who tell him, "You'll shoot your eye out!"

Dec. 17 Straz Riverwalk


Show Dates & Times

Fri. 8 p.m.


This is a free, non-ticketed event.

What to Expect

Concessions will be available for purchase. Stadium chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers, please. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the film will be cancelled and possibly rescheduled.

About the Show

Come to the Straz Center for FREE films and more outside on the Riverwalk! See films that will enhance your enjoyment of live performances coming to the Straz Center, in addition to other fun and funny holiday films for the whole family!

Run-time:Approx. 93 minutes