NWT is proud as Christmas punch to be the first theater in Cleveland to present this dazzling retelling of the 1983 classic holiday film. “Funny, nostalgic, warm and tender!” said Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy when this musical opened on Broadway in 2012. A Christmas Story, The Musical explodes on our stage with a charming and untamed cast of 55 children, teens and adults. A live seven-piece band, tap dancing, and a rockettes kick-line will get your hot chocolate flowing. Villains, elves, dancing cowboys, Santa, the Bumpus hounds, the leg lamp. Who could ask for more? The perfect family holiday happening. Tickets are flying out the window. Reserve early!

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois.

Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.

Underwriter: City of Cleveland Department of Community Development
Presenting Sponsor: Hinkley Lighting

Performances: Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, 2013
A detailed list of show dates and times appears below.
$20 reserved Star Seat supports Near West Theatre’s community-building art and mission
$10 adult general admission
$8 child general admission (ages 12 and under)

There are three ways to buy tickets in advance: with a credit card online by clicking "Buy Tickets" above (a convenience fee is added); with a credit card by phone, 216-961-6391, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (no convenience fee is added); or with credit card, check or cash in person at our business office 6516 Detroit Ave., Suite 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Any remaining tickets are sold at the door, 3606 Bridge Ave., starting one hour before each show.

“In the Land of Cleve” blog review
Learn more about A Christmas Story, the Musical, and the Cleveland celebrations here:
Interview and songs on WCPN’s “The Sound of Applause,” Nov. 21, 2013 (NWT segment starts 27:30)
Radio discussion on WCPN’s “The Sound of Ideas,” Nov. 18, 2013
“Friday!” article in The Plain Dealer, Nov. 15, 2013
Where do the cast members come from?
Article on Cleveland.com, Nov. 11, 2013
“Fresh Filter” article at FreshWaterCleveland.com
What’s a “Star Seat”?
New stage musical kicks off holiday celebration of movie’s 30th anniversary
Dramatic interpretation for Deaf offered Dec. 5
Don't wait to get tickets!
Director’s thoughts on the show, its roles and 10 reasons to audition
A Christmas Story House and Museum website
WKYC-TV coverage, July 25, 2013
The Plain Dealer coverage, July 11, 2013
July 2013 press release on citywide events
Cleveland Play House revival of the non-musical play, A Christmas Story

Performance dates and times, 2013:
Fri., Nov. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 16 – 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 17 – 3:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 22 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sat., Nov. 23 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sun., Nov. 24 – 3:00 p.m. -- Sold Out
Fri., Nov. 29 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sat., Nov. 30 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sun., Dec. 1 – 3:00 p.m. -- Sold Out
Thu., Dec. 5 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Fri., Dec. 6 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sat., Dec. 7 – 7:30 p.m. -- Sold Out
Sun.., Dec. 8 – 3:00 p.m. -- Sold Out

The cast and crew of A Christmas Story, the Musical, at a November 2013 rehearsal break. Photo by Mo Eutazia.

Bob Navis Jr. (left), Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek and various dignitaries announce community-wide events – including Near West Theatre’s production of the musical – during a press conference at A Christmas Story House in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood on July 25, 2013. Photo by Hans Holznagel

Audition Info

Auditions were held Aug. 20-22, 2013. Rehearsals began Sept. 15. The show ran Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, 2013!