- $30 for one ticket on Sunday, January 3, at 5:30 p.m. (up to $59.67 value)
- $33 for one ticket on Saturday, January 2, at 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. or Sunday, January 3, at 1 p.m. (up to $65.52 value)
- Seating: Best available
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing more for Christmas than a Red Ryder BB gun, no matter what its cost in eyes. On his quest to prove the virtue of his cause, Ralphie encounters discouraging teachers, unfriendly Santas, the Queen Mother of Dirty Words, and worst of all, a bright pink set of bunny pajamas. Released in 1983 and based on the semifictional anecdotes of memoirist Jean Shepherd, the cinematic version of A Christmas Story swiftly cemented itself as a holiday tradition that inspires families to huddle for 24-hour marathon views while triple-dog-daring each other around frozen poles.
On the stage, a new holiday tradition has arisen with A Christmas Story: The Musical. Nominated for three Tony Awards—including Best Musical—it merges the warm humor of its source with perky original tunes such as “Ralphie to the Rescue” and “What a Mother Does.” Paramount Theatre’s lavish installment of the musical has been hailed by the likes of the Chicago Theatre Review and WGN’s Dean Richards, who called it “truly one of the best stage productions for the holiday season in Chicago.”
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.