Noted television actor Dan Lauria, best known as Jack Arnold on The Wonder Years, has signed on to play radio icon Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story, The Musical. Shepherd, who often went by the nickname “Shep,” was a radio and TV personality who narrated and co-wrote the original 1983 A Christmas Story film, on which the musical is based. This will be Lauria’s first appearance on Broadway since starring in the 2010 production of Lombardi.
“I never expected to return to Broadway in a musical,” Lauria said in a statement. “Luckily for the audience, it’s a non-singing role! I’m a classic movie buff and A Christmas Story is a favorite of mine as it is for many others and I am excited to be part of this marvelous stage adaptation.”
A Christmas Story, The Musical will run from Nov. 5 - Dec. 30 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.