Millburn, NJ- Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) is proud to announce casting for its holiday show, A Christmas Story: The Musical.  Based on the popular 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  A Christmas Story: The Musicalwill be directed by Brandon Ivie and choreographed by Mara Newbery Greer. A Christmas Story: The Musical will run eight times a week at the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from November 25, 2015, through January 3, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, November 29, at 7:00pm. Paper Mill Playhouse's 2015-2016 Season is proudly sponsored by Investors Bank.

Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Straight from Broadway‚ this musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. Bring the whole family‚ again and again. The holiday movie that the whole world loves comes to musical life.

A Christmas Story: The Musical will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Check Paper Mill Playhouse’s website for special holiday week schedules. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to a 40% discount on tickets and should call 973.315.1680.  College students can order $20 rush tickets over the phone or in person at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office on the day of the performance. 

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“There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than a trip to Paper Mill Playhouse to experience this heartwarming and hilarious musical based on the film that you know and love,” commented Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee. “Bring the entire family and share an experience they will never forget.”

A Christmas Story: The Musical features a cast of Broadway veterans and amazing young talent. Judah Immanuel and Colton Maurer will share the role of Ralphie, a role they have each performed in previous productions. Judah Immanuel was featured in productions of The Secret Garden and Into the Woods. Colton Maurer (Mahwah, New Jersey), returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where he appeared as a workhouse boy in Oliver! and performed in the Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for two years. Hudson Loverro (Randy) has performed in productions of Oliver! and Fiddler on the Roof.

Elena Shaddow (Mother), a resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where she was last seen as Maria in The Sound of Music. Ms. Shaddow’s Broadway credits include The Visit, The Bridges of Madison County, La Cage aux Folles, The Woman in White and The Light in the Piazza, among others. 

Ted Koch (Jean Shepherd) performed on Broadway in Elling, The Pillowman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Death of a Salesman. Mr. Koch’s television credits include The Americans, The Good Wife, The Sopranos, The West Wing and more.

Danette Holden (Miss Shields) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse, where she last appeared in Romance, Romance. Ms. Holden’s Broadway credits include Annie, Shrek and Laughing Room Only.

Chris Hoch (The Old Man) was recently seen on Broadway in Amazing Grace. Some of Mr. Hoch’s other Broadway credits include Matilda, La Cage aux Folles, Shrek and Spamalot, among others.

Rounding out the ensemble are: Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Jacob ben Widmar, Jillian Butler, Andrew Cristi, Madge Dietrich, Carlos Encinias, Marjorie Failoni, Ellie Fishman, Thay Floyd, Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Charlie Johnson and Kirsten Wyatt.

The children’s ensemble includes: Laurel Caruso, Vincenzo Faruolo (Toms River, NJ), Parker James Fullmore, Ruby Griffin, Mackenzie Lewis, Anna McCarthy (Madison, NJ), Ryan McInnes, Gabriel Reis (Tenafly, NJ), Anthony Rosenthal, Dana Beth Steiner and Gavin Swartz.

A Christmas Story will feature two purebred bloodhounds in the production. Pete and Lily (The Bumpus Hounds) were adopted and rescued by trainer and guardian William Berloni. Mr. Berloni recruited Pete and Lily for the original Broadway Production of A Christmas Story: The Musical. Pete and Lily recently appeared in the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical in Dallas, Texas.