Good tidings for “A Christmas Story, the Musical,” a box-office hit when it made its Seattle debut in 2010 at the 5th Avenue Theatre: it earned nods for best musical, best book of a musical and best original score in Tuesday’s announcement of the Tony Award nominations. Based on writer and radio-TV personality Jean Shepherd’s semiautobiographical story, the stage show keeps many of the elements of the beloved movie and its beleaguered hero, Ralphie, and features catchy songs by Benj Pasek and composer Justin Paul.
The Tony Awards will be announced June 9.
Also of note:
–Carolee Carmello, talented star of “Scandalous,” the ill-fated Kathie Lee Gifford-penned musical that played in Seattle in 2011, was nominated for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical. David Armstrong, 5th Avenue Theatre artistic director, also directed the Broadway show.
–The perennially cheerful “Annie,” whose creator/lyricist is Issaquah resident Martin Charnin, got a nod for best revival of a musical. Charnin won a Tony for best original score in 1977 after the original “Annie’s” runaway success.