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The 2 Ralphies in ‘A Christmas Story’ speak up

November 15, 2012 • Entertainment


In this Oct. 26, 2012, photo, Joe West, left, and Johnny Rabe hold a lace-stocking-clad leg lamp, one of the props from “A Christmas Story, the Musical” in New York. Both 12-year-old boys are making their Broadway debuts playing Ralphie in the stage adaptation of the cult 1983 film. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy)

NEW YORK (AP) — This Christmas, if Ralphie ever actually does shoot his eye out with a Red Ryder BB Gun, don’t worry. There’s a spare Ralphie.

Johnny Rabe and Joe West, both 12, are taking turns playing the bespectacled, daydreaming hero in a musical stage version of the cult film “A Christmas Story.”

Both grew up watching the 1983 movie, both initially auditioned by submitting videos and both are now making their Broadway debuts.

“It’s so great to be here,” Rabe says during a joint interview in a rehearsal room. His co-star agrees: “I’m very excited but, at the same time, nervous.”

The film and musical are based on writer and radio-TV personality Jean Shepherd’s semiautobiographical story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s desperate attempt to land an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings from everyone that he’ll shoot his eye out.

Like the film, the musical features a menacing school bully, an annoying kid brother, an eccentric Login to read more

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