Fox is at it again. The network hopped on the live musical bandwagon with Grease: Live in January 2016, and they plan to keep things going with A Christmas Story Live! on December 17 at 7 p.m. For the uninitiated, A Christmas Story is a 1983 film about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his family and the comedic trials and tribulations they go through during a holiday season in the 1940s. Little Ralphie only wants one thing for Christmas (a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle), and he spends the film trying to convince everyone that it's the perfect gift for him while also dodging bullies, dealing with his cranky father and being comforted by his kind mother.
The movie has become a holiday classic, while Christmas and/or Christmas Eve are frequently home to all day marathons of the film. Its popularity even spawned a Broadway musical in 2012, which was nominated for three Tony Awards. This live version of the story will be based on both the film and that musical, with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who scored the Broadway show, once again teaming up to compose new songs for A Christmas Story Live!
After announcing the three hour project in May, Fox was slow to let us in on who would be filling the show with song come December. But, now, casting information for the special is finally starting to trickle in, so read on to see who we can expect to hit the stage in a few months!
The people behind A Christmas Story Live! knew they would have to get the casting of Ralphie Parker right, as the boy they chose for the part would have to lead the production. Well, after a nationwide casting search, 11-year-old Seattle, Washington native Andy Walken has finally nabbed the role. The young actor got his first credit in 2015 with a part on NCIS, and has since been seen in Heartbeat, The Most Hated Woman in America and Escaping Dad.
As I mentioned above, Ralphie often butts heads with his cranky dad and gets tormented by bullies, but, he's got his mom on his side all the way. As the nurturing and supportive Mother Parker, Maya Rudolph will be lending her talents to A Christmas Story Live! While best known for the seven hilarious seasons she spent on Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2007 (where her impressions of Donatella Versace and Beyonce garnered many laughs), the funny lady has appeared in many films and other TV shows over the years. Rudolph has worked her magic in 50 First Dates, Away We Go, Grown Ups, Bridesmaids and television shows The Grinder and Maya & Marty among many others.
Anyone who's seen the film knows that A Christmas Story has a narrator in the form of an adult Ralphie who relives the tale for our enjoyment, and for the live version that role will be taken on by star of stage and screen Matthew Broderick. In the movie, the audience never actually sees Ralphie as an adult, we only hear his voice. And, while it seems like a shame to cast someone as well known as Broderick and only have him lend his voice to the production, we don't know right now if he'll actually appear on screen for the broadcast. The Tony winner has been entertaining the masses for decades, and has starred in films such as War Games, Ladyhawke, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Lion King, The Producers (he also starred in the Broadway play) and Tower Heist.
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