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A Christmas Story, The Musical

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Product Code: CD2000

  • Musical
  • Comedy
  • Cast size: 15m., 10w. May expand to 20+m., 15+w.
  • Awards: The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award | Tony Award (nominee)

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

Please note this title may be restricted in your area and may require additional processing time.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$12.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $135/perf

In stock


This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.


This title is highly restricted. Rights may not be readily available in your area. Please allow additional processing time.

It has come to our attention that some issues exist within the scores for A Christmas Story, the Musical. In particular, please note that in song #7, “What a Mother Does,” measures 141-144 are missing within the Full Score and individual orchestral parts; however, they are notated correctly within the Piano/Vocal and Vocal parts. To address this issue and/or any other discrepancies, we suggest you compare the Full Score with the Piano/Vocal as you tailor the music for your production.

Due to the complexity of the music for this title, we do not currently have a time frame for making the necessary corrections. We apologize for the inconvenience.

CHINESE RESTAURANT: To cut the scene from the Chinese restaurant, follow these instructions starting at the top of page 127:
THE OLD MAN. All right … Let’s get our coats. We are going out to eat.
(Lights dim. Underscore #19: “A Christmas Story.”)
[Cut to bottom of page 128.]
(As lights come up to half.)
JEAN. That Christmas would live in our memories as the Christmas when we were introduced to a Christmas duck.
(#19: “A Christmas Story”)
(Lights up full on THE PARKERS as they consider the craziness of this particular holiday season.)
[Cut to:]
[Cut to the top of page 130. Continue the song, cutting directions that mention eating, as THE PARKERS move toward home.]

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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code CD2000
  • Cast Size 25
  • Min. Royalty Rate $135/perf
  • Cost $12.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min


  • Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9781583424087
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"A Christmas Story, The Musical is the perfect holiday show, with nostalgia, great songs, humor, and poignancy. Our audiences loved it, and we even added a performance, it sold so well!
Review by Jamie Lawson, Theatre Alliance, Winston-Salem, N.C.
"The show was great, actually easier to produce than I thought it would be. The audiences loved it, and the cast members did as well."
Review by Glen Carpenter, Stansbury High School, Stansbury Park, Utah
"This is the second time we have produced this show and both productions were amazing! It is a holiday treat for audiences as well as for the performers!"
Review by Larry Johnson, Magic Valley Repertory Theatre, Filer, Idaho
"We absolutely loved putting up this re-imagined classic. The music is so fun and allowed us to showcase our youth of all ages. Our only concern with this title is the Chinese Restaurant scene and the heightened sensitivity to cultural stereotypes."
Review by Tina Crandall-Gommel, MT Ed, Rochester, N.Y.
"We enjoyed this production so much - very moving and entertaining - and the audience loved it too!"
Review by Stacey Bresee, Masquers Theater, Soap Lake, Wash.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"In a small space with limited wing space, we utilized an upstage elevated platform that we could hide furniture underneath. the platform served as the boys bedroom and Santa's mountain. we even added a slide to the platform!"
Tip by Tina Crandall-Gommel, MT Ed, Rochester, N.Y.

Media Reviews

"A true gift! A sparkling adaptation with a surefire charmer of a score." -New York magazine

"I was dazzled." -The New York Times

"Joyous! … A musical that dares mess with one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time and yet manages not only to do the film justice, but top it. … It’s a charming triumph of imagination." -Associated Press



Counting Down to Christmasmp3Download
Red Rydermp3Download
The Genius on Cleveland Streetmp3Download
When You're a Wimpmp3Download
Ralphie to the Rescuemp3Download
What a Mother Doesmp3Download
Sticky Situationmp3Download
A Major Awardmp3Download
Just Like Thatmp3Download
Up On Santa's Lapmp3Download
Before the Old Man Comes Homemp3Download
Somewhere Hovering Over Indianamp3Download
A Christmas Storymp3Download


Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Sky View High Smithfield Utah 11/30/2023 12/9/2023
Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater Fresno California 11/16/2023 1/7/2024
Pittsburg Community Theatre Pittsburg Kansas 12/8/2023 12/10/2023
Surflight Theatre Beach Haven New Jersey 12/2/2023 12/17/2023
Shawnee Playhouse Shawnee on Delaware Pennsylvania 11/24/2023 12/23/2023
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse Rock Island Illinois 11/8/2023 12/30/2023
Theatre Lawrence Lawrence Kansas 12/1/2023 12/17/2023
Orpheum Theatre Twin Falls Idaho 12/8/2023 12/18/2023
Truckee Community Theater Truckee California 12/1/2023 12/10/2023
SCERA Center for the Arts Orem Utah 12/1/2023 12/16/2023
Lyric Music Theater South Portland, ME Maine 12/1/2023 12/17/2023
Roncalli High School Indianapolis Indiana 11/9/2023 11/11/2023
Beef And Boards Dinner Theatre Indianapolis Indiana 11/29/2024 12/31/2024
Rivertown Theaters Kenner Louisiana 12/1/2023 12/17/2023
Lewiston Civic Theatre Lewiston Idaho 11/30/2023 12/17/2023
MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe Kansas 11/9/2023 11/12/2023
Ojai Art Center Ojai California 12/1/2023 12/17/2023
Nettleton High School Jonesboro Arkansas 12/8/2023 12/10/2023