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POW: A Mix of Old and New for “A Christmas Story” on Broadway

Carol Rosegg(NEW YORK) -- When the movie A Christmas Story came out in 1983, few went to see it in theaters but tens of millions have been watching it ever since.

Set in the 1940s in a fictional town in Indiana, the story about a boy named Ralphie and his one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder carbine action BB gun — has a cult following.

Thirty years later, the tale is more popular than ever — and now featured on Broadway with Johnny Rabe playing the role of Ralphie.

Rabe grew up watching the original movie and said he never considered the possibility that he’d reprise the role one day.

“No,” he said. “Never thought I would be playing him, especially on Broadway. … It’s such a great honor to be playing such an iconic role.

“The thing about Ralphie is that everyone remembers when they were 9, 10, my age, and when you want something for Christmas, you do everything to get it. And that is why everyone relates to him [Ralphie],” Rabe said. “They love him.”

Like the movie, the musical takes the audience into Ralphie’s fantasies, including one in which he saves his family from bandits with that gun.

Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in the original film, is the show’s producer and an accomplished director.

He said A Christmas Story still held true for fans because it was one of Hollywood’s first real portrayals of a family.

“It wasn’t that idealized kind of 1950s version that we were given on TV, that a lot of us didn’t feel like that was our family,” Billingsley said. “I think that for so many families in the holidays, it’s the simplest things that can drive you most crazy - trying to get a tree, trying to navigate school, trying to get your son dressed to get out in the cold, wanting of that one gift that means the world to you. And so, it’s the commitment to that that I think makes the movie so relatable to so many people.”

He said the team behind the Broadway show had taken “delicate” care to not betray the fans lined up outside the theater. All of the movie’s iconic scenes, including the flagpole licking incident and the neighbor’s dogs, have been included.

“The movie has a lot of significance obviously in my life,” Billingsley said. “Most people have said, ‘That’s my dad. That’s my mom. That’s me.’”

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Kathy Griffin Responds to Sarah Palin with Invite to Her Broadway Show

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagi(NEW YORK) -- In Sarah Palin's book, Kathy Griffin is "a has-been" and "a 50-year-old adult bully." But the comedian sees the "Mama Grizzly" as a kindred spirit.

Responding to Palin's complaints about Griffin's tongue-in-cheek critiques of Alaska's former first family, Griffin's publicist told ABC News, "As a fellow reality star, Kathy would like to extend free tickets to her upcoming Broadway show to reality-star Sarah Palin and her reality-TV crew. Kathy supports all reality stars regardless of what they say about her." Griffin declined to comment specifically on Palin's personal assessment of her.

Griffin parlayed her Emmy-winning Bravo TV series My Life on the D-List into Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, which will run in New York from March 11-19. Palin, meanwhile, strayed from politics into the reality TV realm with Sarah Palin's Alaska, which ran from November 2010 to January 2011.

There appears to be little love between them, though. During an appearance on Fox News this weekend, Palin called out Griffin for repeatedly poking fun at her children. Palin's latest gripe: that Griffin will reportedly parody a conservative Tea Party-type character on an upcoming episode of Glee.

"You know, Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me, because you know, she's kind of this; she's a 50-year-old adult bully is really what she is," Palin, 47, said. "She's kind of a has-been comedian and she can do those things to me. I would just ask for respect of my children...Kathy, pick on me, come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone."

Griffin started 2011 by revealing her new year's resolution to bring down 16-year-old Willow Palin. Her reasoning: Willow Palin reportedly posted homophobic slurs on Facebook in November, and "You don't throw around the F-word without hearing from me about it."

Griffin has been milking the Palins for laughs for years. In December, troops at the Marine Corps Air Station in California booed her when she made a crack about former Dancing With the Stars contestant Bristol Palin during the taping of VH1 Divas: Salute the Troops.

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