Former Child Star Peter Billingsly, 39, best known for his role as Ralphie Parker in 1983’s “A Christmas Story,” is bringing his star-vehicle to the stage as, “A Christmas Story: The Musical!” which will run in Seattle, WA at the 5th Avenue Theater from December 9, 2010 through December 30, 2010.
The musical version will remain loyal to the film adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s short stories and includes an original score from Broadway composing duo Benj Paske andJustin Paul.
“‘A Christmas Story’ has always meant a lot to me personally,” Billingsley told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals.”
After his stint as a child actor, Billingsley graduated to executive producing such films as The Break Up, Four Christmases and Iron Man. He made his feature-length directorial debut on 2009’s Couples Retreat.
“I am honored to be a part of this project and look forward to bringing the play to more stages,” says Billingsley. “Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kickline.”The film follows Ralphie on his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, despite the fact that his mother, teacher and Santa Claus all shoot down his dream with the five immortal words: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”