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August 8, 2017 at 11:05 am #1202178926
More info from when it was first announced:
“The telecast hails from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and brings two key players back to Fox. One being Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative president Mike Darnell, who previously worked at Fox’s alternative department for 18 years and was responsible for reality hits like American Idol. The other is Marc Platt, who won an Emmy for producing Fox’s last live musical production of Grease in January 2016. In addition to the telecast’s five Emmy wins, the live production was a bona fide hit for the network, grabbing a 4.3 demo rating among adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers.
Platt will executive produce with Adam Siegel (the Broadway revival of The King and I), with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease Live) serving as co-exec producers and writers. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who were nominated for a Tony for best original score for the Broadway and seasonal-touring musical, will compose several new songs for the event.
Pasek and Paul took home Oscar gold for their contributions to La La Land and are also fresh off the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, which recently nabbed nine Tony Award nominations. (Platt’s son, Pitch Perfect’s Ben Platt, stars in the show.)”
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.August 11, 2017 at 11:04 am #1202182380
Also, the date and time have been set: Sunday, 12/17, from 7 to 10 PM. This is not surprising, as, if the show has to be more than two hours, the only day of the week Fox broadcasts more than two hours is Sunday (except for live sports), and 12/17 is the only Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas where Fox does not have NFL coverage until 8 PM.
Then again, considering this is the network that ran Simpsons “Halloween Specials” in November for a number of years, and aired a Christmas episode of Bob’s Burgers before Thanksgiving not too long ago, I wouldn’t have put it past Fox to have A Christmas Story in the middle of January.September 22, 2017 at 6:10 am #1202220917
Matthew Broderick has been cast as the narrator aka adult Ralphie. http://deadline.com/2017/09/a-christmas-story-matthew-broderick-narrator-fox-live-production-1202174536/September 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm #1202221339
Matthew Broderick has been cast as the narrator aka adult Ralphie. http://deadline.com/2017/09/a-christmas-story-matthew-broderick-narrator-fox-live-production-1202174536/
Great castingOctober 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm #1202235228
Newcomer Andy Walken has been cast as Ralphie. https://www.thewrap.com/a-christmas-story-live-fox-musical-casts-its-ralphie/October 12, 2017 at 8:27 am #1202235579
Newcomer Andy Walken has been cast as Ralphie. https://www.thewrap.com/a-christmas-story-live-fox-musical-casts-its-ralphie/
Not exactly a “total unknown”; he has appeared in NCIS and Heartbeat, according to Seattle Talent.October 18, 2017 at 10:11 am #1202241704
Jane Krakowski will play Miss Shields (perfect casting) and Chris Diamantopoulos will be playing Ralphie’s dad…
http://deadline.com/2017/10/christmas-story-live-jane-krakowski-chris-diamantopoulos-cast-fox-special-1202190566/October 21, 2017 at 7:09 pm #1202244429
Great work for getting Jane for Miss Shields.October 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm #1202247378
The first commercial for A Christmas Story Live! is out…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/VIDEO-Its-the-Most-Wonderful-Time-of-the-Year-See-the-New-Teaser-for-A-CHRISTMAS-STORY-LIVE-20171024October 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm #1202248084
Ana Gasteyer has joined the cast as Mrs. Schwartz…
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Ana-Gasteyer-Will-Join-Cast-of-Foxs-A-CHRISTMAS-STORY-LIVE-20171025November 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm #1202406853
Here’s some behind the scenes photos. https://www.playbill.com/article/exclusive-first-look-at-matthew-broderick-and-maya-rudolph-in-a-christmas-story-liveNovember 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm #1202425855
Ken Jeong, David Alan Grier, & more have joined the cast…
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