|Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Tyler Wladis and Andy Walken star|
in A Christmas Story Live! (FOX)
TVA Christmas Story wasn’t a big hit when it came to theaters in 1983. In fact, it wasn’t until after years of broadcast TV viewing that made the film a holiday cult hit. Many years later, the story was transformed into a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. And this weekend, that musical comes to the small screen in a big way.
FOX will air A Christmas Story Live! this Sunday, December 17 which several new songs have been written for the three-hour special. Newcomer Andy Walken stars as Ralphie Parker, the little boy who will stop at nothing to get his parent to buy him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. He is joined by Maya Rudolph (as Ralphie’s longsuffering mother), Chris Diamantopoulos (as Ralphie’s leg lamp-loving father), Tyler Wladis (as Ralphie's younger brother, Randy) Jane Krakowski (as Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields), Ana Gasteryer (as an overprotective mother of one of Ralphie’s friends), David Alan Grier (as the department store Santa Claus), Ken Jeong (as a Christmas tree salesman, PRETTYMUCH (as the Hohman Indiana Carolers) and Matthew Broderick serves as the show’s narrator.
Believe it or not, a TV commercial airing during the special presentation is also getting some buzz as the cast of the upcoming theatrical movie, The Greatest Showman, will appear for a two and a half minute long commercial filmed live. “We can’t wait to watch as Hugh, Zac, Zendaya and Keala make history and unwrap the first-ever live theatrical commercial on FOX’s air,” said Suzanne Sullivan, Executive President of Entertainment Ad Sales for Fox Networks Group.
“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to see ‘The Greatest Showman,’” said Michelle Marks, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Global Media Promotions for 20th Century Fox Film. “This first-ever live commercial for a feature film is one that P.T. Barnum would be proud of and one that I hope paves the way for future titles.”
Let’s just hope that the commercial will not overshadow the actual special. A Christmas Story Live! airs Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. on FOX.