“Grease”, “Hairspray” and “The Sound of Music” have all been turned into live TV musicals and now it’s “A Christmas Story”‘s turn.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, Fox will be turning the 1983 movie classic and Broadway play, based on the writings of author Jean Shepherd, into the live musical extravaganza – “A Christmas Story: Live!”
“A Christmas Story” is about a young boy named Ralphie, who spends his time dodging a bully and dreaming of a perfect Christmas gift – a Red Ryder air rifle.
The live Fox musical features stars like Matthew Broderick as the narrator and Maya Ruldolph as Mrs. Parker, Ralphie’s mother.
ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey sat down with Zack Ward, the now grown-up actor who played neighbourhood bully Scut Farkus in the original movie, who said he “couldn’t wait” to see the musical TV remake.
“I did say this earlier, that the kid playing Scut Farkus, he’s way to good looking,” said Ward. “I was a goober kid, he looks like he’s gonna be the next Thor, that’s not fair at all.”
Although Ward has shared his excitement for the musical take on the Christmas classic, he said nothing will compare to the original film and its tight-knit cast.
“The movie, it wasn’t a huge hit when it came out, nobody cared,” he said. “Nobody thought they were huge stars, they were just people doing their job.”
“Everyone went on with their life and felt blessed with how amazing it was to be part of something so magical,” he added. “When we meet up, we’re always so happy to see each other.”
“A Christmas Story Live!” premieres on Fox on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.