You have to see the all-star cast.
If one of your favorite holiday traditions is sitting back to watch Ralphie Parker beg his parents for a Red Ryder air rifle, you’re in luck. FOX is back with a new live musical telecast special, and this time they’re adapting the beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Story.
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The three-hour special will air on December 17 at 7 p.m. EST, and is based on the 1983 film and the Broadway production that opened originally in November 2012. For those unfamiliar with the hilarious movie, it follows Ralphie, a young boy trying to navigate bullies at school while dreaming of a Christmas where his parents would buy him his dream gift: a BB gun.
The all-star cast includes Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski as Ralphie’s teacher, Chris Diamantopoulos as Ralphie’s dad, Maya Rudolph as his mom, and 11-year-old Andy Walken starring as Ralphie. Tony-award winner Matthew Broderick will narrate the special, which will be executive-produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel, the team behind Grease: Live.
In a touching behind the scenes video posted to the Fox YouTube page, Andy talked about how excited he was to audition for the role. “The reason Ralphie would be awesome is because I love the movie so much,” he said. “If I got this role it would be the greatest, most awesome Christmas present I’ve ever gotten in my life.”
If you’re already getting in the holiday mood and can’t wait for the special, tide yourself over with these 7 Christmas movies you can stream on Netflix.