As we have covered briefly here at Lost in Reviews, The Kansas City Repertory Theater will be the place for the Broadway bound world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! Rehearsals for the production are well underway and daily updates are rolling out on the Reps own and the production’s twitter feed with daily teases of the highly anticipated production.
Some behind the scenes videos of the production, billed The Making of a Musical have appeared as the production begins to take shape. First up is The Cave. Following set designer Walt Spangler and producing director Jerry Genochio into the Rep’s prop warehouse looking for set pieces to be used in or used as inspiration for the upcoming musical.
Next up is a visit to the costume shop taking a look at the costume design. If you are familiar with the namesake film these look spot on.
A third just went up in the last day or so covering the building of the sets.
Here is a clip with the Rep’s Artistic Director Eric Rosen discussing his thoughts on the story of A Christmas Story.
Buzz for A Christmas Story, The Musical! is high. While attending Palomino it was on nearly every one’s lips prior to curtain. According to the Rep early ticket sales for the production have been very brisk and are outpacing last year’s production of A Christmas Carol by two to one. The Rep indicates that some early shows are quickly approaching a sell out.
Opening night is November 28 (previews begin November 20) and will feature cast members of the film in attendance signing autographs. The Rep has promised Hot Ovaltine and cookies (I’ll have a cookie or two but pass on the Ovaltine thanks.) Additional details about which cast members of the film scheduled to be in attendance is due to be provided on the Rep’s web site sometime this week. Lost in Reviews will be in attendance and run a review of the production some time that weekend.
A Christmas Story, The Musical! runs November 20 through December 27 at the Spencer Theater on the UMKC campus. Ticket prices are $15-$60 and may be purchased by visiting the Rep’s website or by calling the box office at 816-235-2700