9:21 AM CDT, September 30, 2011
The Chicago-based touring production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" (a new stage version of the iconic holiday movie) will now be directed by John Rando, the producers announced Friday. Previously announced director Warren Carlyle (who also is now working on Hugh Jackman's Broadway show) will remain as choreographer.
The producers also said that the Chicago actor Gene Weygandt will star in the role of Jean Shepherd/narrator.
Rando is best known for directing "Urinetown."
Others in the cast include Clarke Hallum (as Ralphie), John Bolton, Matthew Lewis and Rachel Bay Jones.
"A Christmas Story: The Musical!" will play the Chicago Theatre from Dec. 14-30, following a five-city national tour. The show will rehearse in Chicago.
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