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A Christmas Story: The Musical! Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 30 2011

This 2009 musical is way too faithful to the 1983 movie based on Jean Shepherd's nostalgic fiction, retaining even the moments that bomb onscreen (a soap-poisoning fantasy) or aren't stageworthy (a few seconds of nine-year-old Ralphie in a pink bunny suit). Director John Rando provides brisk pacing, but the songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul mostly belabor what's already obvious, stretching this anecdotal, lightweight affair to a wearying two-and-a-half hours. Still, unlike the film, the touring production features adult actors who understand style, a narrator who conveys Shepherd's wistful cynicism, and a Ralphie with enough charisma to claim the huge Chicago Theatre stage for his own. —Justin Hayford

Price: $35-$79

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