Matthew Broderick has many projects in the works and now he can add narrator for the upcoming Fox musical A Christmas Story Live! to the list. Known for his wide-ranging acting abilities, such as comedic roles in films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to more serious roles such as in Torch Song Trilogy and Glory, Broderick is a versatile actor with a lengthy resume. He’s starred in films, television, and on Broadway, making him the perfect choice for the highly anticipated musical version of A Christmas Story Live! that will air on Fox December 17, 2017.
Broderick has won two Tony awards and is the perfect choice to provide the voice over for grown-up Ralphie in the classic holiday special.
Though it is early and casting information has yet to be fully revealed, Fox announced that Maya Rudolph will also star in the production in addition to Broderick. Earlier this summer, casting calls went out trying to find someone to play a young Raphie Parker.
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A Christmas Story Live! is based on the film and musical. In 1966, American humorist Jean Shepard published the book “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.” The book was the basis for the 1983 classic holiday film A Christmas Story.
Every year, TBS plays A Christmas Story marathon that usually lasts all of Christmas Eve and into Christmas day. The movie has become an iconic staple during the holidays and it focuses on a boy, Ralphie Parker reliving his childhood memories with fun, humor, and laughter of how one Christmas he wanted a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.
The film is narrated by the adult Ralphie Parker who is reliving his childhood as he shares the hilarious account.
Peter Billingsley played young Ralphie Parker and in the film, author Jean Shepard was the narrator.
In November 2012, A Christmas Story the Musical opened on Broadway and earned several Tony nominations.
There will be several new songs written for Fox’s live musical version.
Stay tuned for more news and updates. As A Christmas Story Live! is still in casting stages, we will update you when more roles are assigned. All that is known at this time is that Maya Rudolph has been cast as Ralphie’s mother and Matthew Broderick will play the narrator, who is the adult Ralphie Parker.
At this point, young Ralphie Parker has not been cast.