No show is complete without activities! Here I am in the MSG lobby, sticking my head in the hole of this snowsuit. "I can't put my arms down!"
Last Thursday, A Christmas Story opened at Madison Square Garden in NYC for a very limited run (through December 29). I was lucky enough to snag a seat. It. Was. Awesome. Here are 5 reasons you should buy your ticket now:
1. The story. Nothing says, "The holidays are almost here!" quite like A Christmas Story. You've seen the movie—which runs on repeat on TBS every Christmas Eve—and all your favorite parts are in the show! Little brother stuffed into a snow suit? Check. Embarrassing bunny costume as a Christmas present? Check. Tongue stuck to a flag pole? Check!
2. The songs. OK, so there were no songs in the movie version, but trust me when I say the musical numbers give this show an extra-special something. I still can't get "Ralphie to the Rescue" out of my head. And the classic line, "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out," is somehow so much funnier when it's sung by a school teacher in full flapper garb.
3. The dancing. Holy smokes, this show gave choreographer Warren Carlyle a chance to get really creative. After all, many of the songs take place in protagonist Ralphie's wacky imagination. And if you love the classic leg lamp from the movie, you'll go crazy over the leg-lamp kickline in "A Major Award."
4. The kids. It takes a ton of talent to make it to the Broadway stage. Which is why it's SO impressive that all that talent could come from someone who hasn't even made it through middle school. This cast is chock full of pint-sized prodigies! Singing, acting, dancing... these kids can do it all. You'll love Jake Lucas as Ralphie, and little brother Randy, played by Noah Baird, is honestly the cutest thing you ever did see.
Which cast has the cutest kids on Broadway? The A Christmas Story crew certainly gives the Matilda and Annie kids a run for their money. (photo by Carol Rosegg)
5. Luke Spring. It's no secret that we're OBSESSED with this comp kid. And 11-year-old Luke never fails to disappoint. His starring role in the "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" tap number got the biggest applause of the night! We can't wait to see what this tiny tapper does next.
Watch this performance featuring all the cute kiddos and little Luke (at 2:55) at the 2013 Tony Awards:
Still don't have your tickets? Allow me to introduce Pete and Lily, the furriest members of the cast:
Hi! We're the Bumpus dogs! (photo by Carol Rosegg)
Consider yourself convinced.
If you watched the Tonys last night (you missed it? Read our recap!), there's a good chance you were totally surprised by the amazingness that is A Christmas Story, which was nominated for Best Musical.
Tiny tapping sensation Luke Spring and Caroline O'Connor (photo by Carol Rosegg)
I love Broadway musicals and pride myself on having seen all the danciest shows on the Great White Way. But with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I missed A Christmas Story last year. After last night's performance (did you catch tiny, insanely-talented tapper Luke Spring rockin' it?), I'm dying to see the show.
The good news? It was announced today that the show will be returning to the Theater at Madison Square Garden for another limited holiday run, December 11-December 29. And tickets are on sale now!
In the meantime, watch the cast of A Christmas Story light up the Radio City stage at last night's Tonys! (Just wait for 2:56. Luke will knock your socks off!)
Did you catch the Kinky Boots Awards last night? Uh, I mean the Tony Awards?
Yes, it seemed like Cyndi Lauper's high-spirited, be-spangled musical took home just about every prize there was, including Best Musical. But at the risk of sounding totally cheesy, I'd say we, the audience, were the real winners last night—because hey, it was a darn great show! Here are the evening's many high and few low points.
-Neil Patrick Harris. Can NPH host everything, ever? He was particularly awesome in the...
-...kick-butt opening number (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt). After getting shoehorned into the smaller Beacon Theater for a couple of years, the Tonys were back in Radio City Music Hall this time around—and boy, did they ever "go bigger." GO NEIL GO!
-By the way, did you catch Mike Tyson in there? Apparently he had a one-man show this year, which meant we got to see him do "choreography" and try to bite off NPH's ear. It was pretty spectacular.
Dance, Mike, dance!
-The Matilda performance. Super-clean choreography and fabulously clever lyrics performed by some of the most talented little kids ever? Plus scooters? And Ryan Steele? It doesn't get better than that.
-Actually, here's a shout-out to all the incredible kids who performed last night. From the Annie's orphans to A Christmas Story's hooligans (Luke Spring!), they showed a level of professionalism most Broadway grown-ups never achieve. And they were cuter to boot. As NPH put it, “They’re the reason this whole season seems to look like Chuck E. Cheese’s.”
-The mid-show musical tribute to Broadway actors and their canceled TV shows, starring Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, Laura Benanti and brilliantly rejiggered versions of classic songs. Just watch it again (and suck it, Will Chase!):
-Cyndi Lauper's acceptance speech, because she seemed so genuinely thrilled by the awesomeness of it all. She also happens to be the first woman to win the Best Score Tony solo, which is pretty cool. (Honorable mention goes to presenter Jesse Tyler Ferguson for screaming "Girl, you're gonna have fun tonight!" upon opening the envelope. And to Lauper's hair, last night and always.)
-Audra McDonald dropping the mic. (After helping NPH nail Lin-Manuel Miranda's awesome show-roundup rap, that is.) BOOM. What a boss.
-The introductions by other Broadway characters. Fine, the Newsies boys were adorable. But the pairings of old shows with new seemed totally rando (the Rock of Ages guys introducing...Cinderella??), making the gimmick disorienting more than anything else.
-Mike Tyson's reactions to the Tyson zingers NPH sprinkled throughout the show. Mike was not amused, Neil. And he's probably not the kind of guy you want on your bad side. Just sayin'.
-Patti LuPone's dress. No. I love you, but no.
I'm sorry I couldn't find a full-length pic, because the bottom only gets crazier. (photo Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
-Matilda not winning, like, anything. What? I mean, WHAT? OK, yes, it got Best Book and Best Featured Actor and a couple of those smaller ones they do during the commercials, but it was up for 12 nominations. Four out of 12? Did you see that performance earlier, voters??
By the way: Last week, we asked you who you thought would win the award for Best Choreography. While the actual Tony went to Jerry Mitchell for Kinky Boots, you guys were bigger fans of Andy Blankenbuehler's high-flying Bring It On choreo. Here are your results:
Andy Blankenbuehler for Bring It On: The Musical: 50.49%
Peter Darling for Matilda The Musical: 24.27%
Chet Walker for Pippin: 18.45
Jerry Mitchell for Kinky Boots: 7%