The Chicago-based touring production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" (a new stage version of the iconic holiday movie) will now be directed by John Rando, the producers announced Friday. Previously announced director Warren Carlyle (who also is now working on
The producers also said that the Chicago actor Gene Weygandt will star in the role of Jean Shepherd/narrator.
Rando is best known for directing "Urinetown."
Others in the cast include Clarke Hallum (as Ralphie), John Bolton, Matthew Lewis and Rachel Bay Jones.