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When I heard that “A Christmas Story’’ was being turned into a stage musical, my first reaction was “Oh, fudge.’’ Except that, like young Ralphie Parker after the lug nuts get spilled while he’s helping his father change a flat tire, I didn’t say “Fudge.’’
Anyone who cherishes the 1983 movie is likely to understand and possibly share that reaction. Wouldn’t the sheer weight of a musical adaptation flatten the gossamer charms of “A Christmas Story’’?
Not necessarily, as it turns out. Especially not if you take pains to preserve the film’s cheerfully anarchic spirit, as the creative team behind “A Christmas Story, the Musical’’ has done.