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Watching A Christmas Story is my favorite Christmas pastime, besides opening presents. I absolutely love to watch the marathon of this beloved classic on TBS every Christmas Day, a tradition that has been in my family since I could remember. Who can deny the adorable little Ralphie and his quirky and hilarious family, as they go through another holiday season with so many distractions and things that go wrong.
So it was great to know that Broadway's own version of this holiday classic would have a chance to wow audiences on a live stage. A Christmas Story: The Musical has amazing original music, all by composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, with orchestrations by Larry Blank and Vocal Arrangements by Justin Paul.
The beginning of the musical starts off with "Counting Down to Christmas," which can get anyone into the holiday spirit. "When You're a Wimp" is a scene that shows the trials of being a young boy who is ridiculed by the neighborhood bullies. "Ralphie to the Rescue" opens the scene sequence in which Ralphie imagines himself a hero saving his family and friends from the deeds of imaginary villains. "Sticky Situation" is of course the moment in the film for which the movie is famous; the triple-dog-dare for "Flick" to lick a frozen flagpole. "A Major Award" goes to a musical sequence that is one of the funniest parts of the film, where Ralphie's dad gets a leg lamp in the mail.
"Up on Santa's Lap" is the funny and scary part for Ralphie, when he has to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what he wants for Christmas. It also shows a grouchy Santa who is tired of having kids sit on his lap all day. "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" is another tune that sums up the feeling of living in Indiana in the late 1930s/early 1940s.
All in all, the music fits right into the musical with titles that are reminiscent of the adored movie that will make any Christmas a memorable one.