The Fox network is getting in the Christmas spirit with its announcement Friday of A Christmas Story, a live TV musical scheduled for December.
The three-hour special is inspired by the film A Christmas Story and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway show, A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical Dear Evan Hansen, and lyricists of La La Land’s Oscar-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored A Christmas Story: The Musical. They will compose new songs for the television version.
The film A Christmas Story was released in 1983, based on Jean Shepherd’s semiautobiographical story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s desperate attempt to land an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings from everyone that he’ll shoot his eye out.
It has since become a holiday classic. Two sequels followed. The original Broadway production of A Christmas Story: The Musical opened on Broadway in 2012. It was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, best book and best original score.