11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Matthew Broderick Joins Fox's 'A Christmas Story' Live Musical
Matthew Broderick is coming to Fox for the holidays.
The two-time Tony winner has been tapped to serve as the narrator in Fox's A Christmas Story live musical.
Broderick steps up to the microphone previously held by Jean Shepherd, the narrator and adult Ralphie Parker in the 1983 classic. For those who never saw the original — which marathons every Christmas on TBS and TNT — the narrator looks back on his favorite childhood holiday and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.
Broderick joins castmember Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) in the three-hour live musical production. Rudolph is playing Ralphie's mother, Mrs. Parker, taking on the role played by Melinda Dillion in the original. Additional casting will be announced soon.
Based on the short stories of Midwestern humorist Shepherd, the musical is set in the 1940s, when all 9-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun.
Spurred by the popularity of the film, A Christmas Story: The Musical debuted on Broadway in 2012 and went on to earn three Tony nominations.
Fox's live musical, set to air Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., is based on the feature and subsequent Broadway musical. It's being produced by Warner Horizon Television. Marc Platt, who executive produced Fox's critical and commercial success Grease Live in 2016, will serve in the same capacity on A Christmas Story. He is joined by fellow exec producer 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.
Oscar- and Tony-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen wrote the original music for A Christmas Story: The Musical and will compose several songs for the event.
Broderick won Tonys for his performances in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Producers. The casting keeps him in the Fox family after he was attached to star in FX's Katrina: American Crime Story, with the anthology now undergoing a major reboot. He's repped by CAA, Management 360 and Barry Tyerman.