Pioneer Troupe: A Christmas Story: The Musical
For nearly 40 years, audiences have found a connection to the story of the 1983 film’s young protagonist, Ralph Parker christmas story. From the Annual Cable Presentation Marathon to This Year’s Follow-Up christmas story, one of those rare pop culture stories that has stood the test of time, its charm lies in author Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic reminiscences of his childhood in the Midwest in the 1940s. The appeal of the story was further proved by the development of the 2012 Broadway musical christmas storyfeaturing the soon-to-be ubiquitous Benj Pasek and Justin Paul team (Dear Evan Hansen, la la land, greatest showman).
Thanks to that well-loved story, the musical version certainly has a strong skeleton. It still focuses on the holidays of 1940, and young Ralphie wants nothing more for Christmas than he wants a Red Ryder air rifle. But while the familiar adage “you’ll shoot your eyes out” lingers in the popular consciousness, the emotional connection provides the perfect fodder for musical emphasis—Ralfi’s mother is full of his love for bully Scut Farkus. A reaction to a profane attack, or a special Christmas morning surprise from Ralphie’s Old Man.
A Christmas Story: The Musical Visit the Pioneer Theater Company at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theater (300 S. 1400 East) Dec. 9-24 for showings Monday-Thursday at 7pm, Friday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 2pm Point matinee tickets are $48-$72 in advance and $53-$77 on-site.access Pioneer Theater.org Buy tickets and learn more about the event. (Scott Renshaw)
Bill Burr @Maverik Center
Comedian Bill Burr has garnered an impressive list of accolades, including his Emmy and Grammy nominations, his frequent TV, film and live appearances, and the acclaimed Bill’s Monday Morning PodcastHis current tour — “Bill Burr (Slight Return)” — recently made history when Burr became the first comedian to perform at Boston’s famed Fenway Park.his acclaimed netflix special Bill Burr: Living in Red Rock (pictured) — his sixth stand-up special — and his free streaming series Bill Burr’s Gift: The Amoral Compass Also a testament to his work ethic, which is clearly in contrast to his admission that he did not do well in school. Given what he’s accomplished since then, people will never know that.
he recently finished production on the film father, for which he co-wrote, directed and co-stars.This is an addition to the animated series F is for family (now in its fifth and final season on Netflix), he reprises his role as Mayfeld on the hit Disney+ series mandalorian, and a steady stream of late-night talk shows. That said, his admittedly grumpy, politically incorrect attitude affirms an unapologetic approach. He once shared an anecdote from his warehouse job: “If my boss treats me badly, I can get in the forklift and drive away.” These days, however, he’s apparently staying put.
Bill Burr performs Friday, December 9 at 8pm at the Maverik Center (200 S. Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City). Tickets are $55 – $90.50.go Ticketmaster.com. (Lee Zimmerman)
“Sing With Maria” sound of music @ Broadway Center Cinemas
In these pandemic years, it may seem easy to shift movie viewing to watching movies at home, but some movie choices just require a group experience.Imagine, for example, spitting toast at the screen while sitting in front of the TV Rocky Horror Picture Show. Not exactly the same, now, is it?
so even if you’ve seen sound of music The Salt Lake City Film Society’s interactive “Singing with Maria” screening of the 1965 classic shows so many times what used to be a holiday family tradition, you’ll still see something completely different. In addition to enjoying the story of young nun-to-be Maria and her adventures with the Von Trapp family in Nazi-era Austria, you’ll also experience singing along to beloved tunes like “Do Re Mi.” “My Favorite Thing”, “16 Going on 17”, title track and more. The event also includes a costume parade and contest based on audience votes, pre-show entertainment, and treats during a 20-minute tea and cookie break. More than just a movie outing, it’s a community celebration of music, entertainment, and making it clear just how bad the Nazis were.
“Sing With Maria” sound of music Tickets for two showings at Broadway Center Cinemas (111 E. 300 South) Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include a prop bag, collectible stickers and buttons; no outside props allowed.access slfs.org/soundofmusic/ Tickets and other event information. (SR)