Episode from the podcastMy Favorite Flop

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Released Tuesday, 29th December 2020
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“It all comes down to Christmas” as hosts Bobby and Kristina discuss 2012’s A Christmas Story: The Musical on My Favorite Flop’s out-of-town, limited-edition Christmas Special.


Based on the popular 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical tells the story of Ralphie Parker, a child in 1940s Indiana, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. After numerous regional productions, out-of-town tryouts, and national tours, the musical finally opened on Broadway for a limited engagement in 2012. The show features a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The Broadway production cost $9.5 million dollars to produce, making it impossible to pay back investors during the show's limited engagement — officially earning its status as a “flop.” Despite its "failure" on The Great White Way, A Christmas Story: The Musical has continued to tour across America, remain popular in the regional market, and was even adapted for television in 2017.

Original Broadway Cast

  • Johnny Rabe/Joe West as Ralphie Parker

  • Zac Ballard as Randy Parker

  • Dan Lauria as Jean Shepherd

  • Erin Dilly as Mother

  • John Bolton as The Old Man

  • Caroline O’Connor as Miss Shields

  • J.D. Rodriguez as Schwartz

  • Jeremy Shinder as Flick

  • Jack Mastrianni as Scut Farkus

  • John Francis Babbo as Grover Dill

  • Analise Scarpaci as Esther Jane

  • Beatrice Tulchin as Mary Beth

  • Eddie Korbich as Santa

  • Kirsten Wyatt as Mrs. Schwartz

  • Andrew Cristi as Restaurant Waiter

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