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October 29, 2013

Scott Schwartz (Flick) poses next to the statue

Hammond statue to immortalize 'A Christmas Story' prank
By Andy Grimm Tribune reporter

Visitors to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will get a special treat now after the unveiling of a statue of Flick in the famous "Triple Dog Dare" scene from A Christmas Story. The statue was cleverly placed right up against the existing flagpole in front of the center to complete the scene.

 

October 2, 2013

New Collectables for 2013

Lot's of new collectables this year in recognition og the 30th anniversary of the movie

 

June 25, 2013

A Christmas Story - Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic
by Caseen Gaines - Illus by Ian Petrella

Now, in time for its 30th anniversary, the story of the making of the film - and what happened afterwards - is being told for the first time. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs and drawing on original interviews with cast and crew, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic is sure to make you glad you didn't shoot your eye out!

 

May 14, 2013

Celebrating 30 Years of A Chrismas Story
NECA announces new products for 2013

This year marks a full 30 years since the original A Christmas Story was released, and we're celebrating the anniversary of this holiday classic by expanding our already-extensive A Christmas Story line of ornaments, replicas, and of course, leg lamps!

 

May 3, 2013

3 Tony Award Nominations
A Christmas Story - The Musical

Best Musical Best Original Score Best Book of a Musical

 

April 15, 2013

2nd Season for Broadway Musical
A Christmas Story Returns

After a very successful 1st season on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, Christmas Story, The Musical will return for a second season and begins rehearsals in NYC on October 7th. The production will run through December 29, 2013.

 

January 10, 2013

Playbill Drawings: A Christmas Story
by : Ken Fallin - Illustrator

Illustrator Ken Fallin specializes in charicature style and does a lot of wotk for the Wall Street Journal and PLAYBILL.com. He explains in his blog about doing his latest one based on the successful musical adaptation od A Christmas Story, which just finished an 8 week run on Broadway.

 

November 26, 2012

Jean Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jean Shepherd Revisited! A Christmas Story - The Musical Should Not Be Missed!

Ann Liguori who interviewed Shep in 1997 for WFAN wrote a review about the ACS Musical for the CBS New York website: The Holidays are officially upon us. Let the festivities continue! And although the Knicks and the Giants should put a smile on your face with their play of late, if you're looking for a show that delivers a winning outcome every time and assures fun for the entire family, I highly recommend you see A Christmas Story - The Musical, playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. . .

 

November 20, 2012

A Christmas Story: The Musical
Broadway Opening

The musical version of A Christmas Story opened on Monday night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater to positive reviews.

 

November 3, 2012

A Christmas Story 2
Review

In 1994 the 1st 'sequel' to "A Christmas Story" came out and in Jean Shepherd's own words it was a 'turkey'. It was directed by Bob Clark, written by Shepherd, Clark, and Leigh Brown (same as ACS) using his stories that he told for so many years and most importantly, it was narrated by Jean Shepherd whose golden voice provided much of the magic in all his movies. But as Shepherd admitted later the casting was terrible. Fast forward to early 2012 when it was announced there would be a sequel. Very little was known about it and it wasn't until the trailer hit that we had any inkling as to what it was about. Now we know...

 

August 10, 2012

A Christmas Story 2
Coming October 30, 2012 on DVD

Straight to DVD this one doesn't even make it to the theatres. It was filmed in Canada earlier this year and picks up the story with a young adult Ralphie.

 

January 20, 2012

A Christmas Story 2

Casting is under way for "A Christmas Story 2" - a feature film follow-up to the beloved classic, to be directed by Brian Levant ('Beethoven," "Are We There Yet?" "Jingle All the Way," etc.)...

 

December 18, 2011

Peter Billingsley targets 'Christmas Story' for Broadway
by Molly Woulfe - NWI Times

He still has those baby blues. Take that, you'll-shoot-your-eye-out worrywarts. Don't get Peter Billingsley, aka Ralphie in "A Christmas Story," started on his peepers. The former child star, 40, admits his eyesight is so bad he'd miss a target the size of Higbee's. "Face it, I'm legally blind," the Los Angeles-based actor-turned-filmmaker jokes. "Those were my real glasses I wore in the movie. I wear contacts now." Ah, but his long-term vision is 20-20. After ducking "Christmas Story"-related projects for more than 25 years, Billingsley is embracing his signature role as Jean Shepherd's youthful alter ego. The original Ralphie is serving as producer of "A Christmas Story, The Musical!" It's based on the 1983 film about a little boy longing for a BB gun in Depression-era Indiana....

 

December 17, 2011

Chicago actor steps into Shepherd's shoes, past in 'Christmas Story' musical
by Molly Woulfe - NWI Times

The scene is Christmas Eve in the mid-1970s. A solitary disc jockey at WOR radio in New York draws late-night fans into the dear, distant past. Growing up in Indiana in the 1940s, his entire kid-year hinged on glorious, beautiful Christmas .... Then "A Christmas Story, The Musical!" roars to double-barreled life in flashback. Bespectacled grade-schooler Ralphie Parker (Clarke Hallum) yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun, The Old Man (John Bolton) bags a Major Award and Mother (Rachel Bay Jones) declares war on leg lamps. The Chicago-mounted adaptation of Jean Shepherd's yule film concludes a five-city tour with a Dec. 14 to 30 run at The Chicago Theatre.....

 

December 6, 2011

Mitchell's Drug Store

GARY'S WORLD: BB guns, silver trees and leg lamps, oh my
by Gary Nelson

After his wife nearly wrecks the car after seeing a leg lamp in Mitchell's Drug Store window, Gary writes about the lamp, the story, and some first hand experiences with the real Randy.

 

November 20,1011

A Christmas Story Comes Home

This holiday season, the Indiana Welcome Center features six animated display scenes from "A Christmas Story" as well as weekend events and opportunities to meet the cast of the movie. The displays include Higbee's Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, Santa's Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds and the Parker Living Room. The redesigned A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit opened last weekend and remains until Jan. 8 in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the center, Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South.

 

October 30, 2011

A Christmas Story: The Musical
Peter Billingsly takes the show on the road

Peter Billingsley is one of the producers of "A Christmas Story: The Musical," which kicks off a five-city national tour Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Hershey Theatre in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Peter, who played Ralphie in the movie, returns to Hershey years after appearing there to promote his part as Messy Marvin in Hershey's Syrup commercials back in the 1980's.

 

December 25, 2010

"Duel in the Snow" December 25, 1967
The Lakeshore - 89.1 FM

Lakeshore Radio celebrated Jean Shepherd today by replaying one of his old radio shows from Christmas - His December 25th 1967 reading of "Duel in the Snow"

 

December 24, 2010

Gene Bergmann on Shepherd
The Lakeshore - 89.1 FM

Gene Bergmann discusses Shep's radio career and the lead up to the movie that has become an alltime Christmas favaorite.

 

December 22, 2010

"But it's smiling!"

Hammond restaurant inspired memorable Peking duck scene in 'A Christmas Story'
by Molly Woulfe

Thwack! One stroke of a cleaver, and Jean Shepherd immortalized Peking duck as "Chinese turkey" in "A Christmas Story." Molly Woulfe of the NWI Times writes about Chinese Turkey and it's part in "A Christmas Story"