When artistic director Mark Cuddy sent this report from New York City, my first urge was to sing “You’ll shoot your eye out! You’ll shoot your eye out…” but I’ve refrained. So far. Mark writes:
I saw Rochester favorite son John Bolton on Broadway last night in A Christmas Story, The Musical. He was incredible! The immensely talented actor played Ralphie’s father with heart, bluster, and comic genius. And his musical numbers were knockouts. In a stellar cast, Geva’s good friend stands out as a singular star. Of course. Bravo, John!
Geva audiences will remember John from 2011’s The Music Man, when he played Professor Harold Hill, but his connection with Geva goes back to our first production of A Christmas Carol in 1985. He also performed in 1776 and in the original production of Five Course Love at Geva. On Broadway, he originated the role of the villainous Grady in Curtains and was in the original Broadway casts of Spamalot, Contact and Titanic, all three of which won the Tony for Best Musical, and was featured in How to Succeed… and Damn Yankees. Other NYC: New York Philharmonic soloist, extensive Off-Broadway, concert, cabaret, improv and stand-up work. TV and Film: four seasons as a recurring guest star on “Gossip Girl”, roles on “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Ed,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” “Heart and Soul,” and “The Savages.”
A Christmas Story The Musical is in previews now, and officially opens on Nov. 19. And, if you’ve ever wondered what happened to the boy who nearly shot his eye out, Peter Billingsley is all grown up – and producing the musical version of the movie that made him famous. Take a look at this great interview on Playbill.com for more, and if you’re heading to NYC this holiday season and see the show, let us know what you think!