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A Christmas Story Live! (2017)

TV-PG | | Musical | TV Movie 17 December 2017
A live broadcast of the Broadway hit "A Christmas Story: The Musical" in which Ralphie wishes for nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.


Jean Shepherd (based on the screenplay by), Leigh Brown (based on the screenplay by) | 7 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Rudolph ... Mother Parker
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Old Man Parker
Ana Gasteyer ... Mrs. Schwartz
Tyler Wladis ... Randy
Ken Jeong ... Christmas Tree Man / Chinese Restaurant Owner
Brandon Arreaga Brandon Arreaga ... Hohman Indiana Caroler
Nick Mara Nick Mara ... Hohman Indiana Caroler
Edwin Honoret Edwin Honoret ... Hohman Indiana Caroler
Austin Porter Austin Porter ... Hohman Indiana Caroler
Zion Kuwonu Zion Kuwonu ... Hohman Indiana Caroler
David Alan Grier ... Santa Claus
Fred Armisen ... Elf
Bebe Rexha ... Opening Number Singer
Andy Walken ... Ralphie Parker
Jane Krakowski ... Miss Shields


Drenched in nostalgia, and full of music and excellent choreographies, this live TV musical pivots around 1940s Indiana, a kid's warm desire to get the best present, and his adventures leading up to Christmas Eve. More than anything in the world, nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants to get a powerful Red Ryder Lever Action BB gun for Christmas. Instead, Mother Parker gives him a warning, and to get his hands on the ultimate gift of the holiday season, Ralphie embarks on a mission to talk everyone into seeing things his way. Of course, all the vignettes, the lines, and the gags of the classic original, A Christmas Story (1983), show up, including the Old Man's leg-shaped lamp, the neighbourhood bullies, the flagpole incident, and the little dirty word. Will Ralphie convince adults that he will not shoot his eye out? Written by Nick Riganas

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The most beloved Christmas movie becomes the biggest live holiday musical event.





Did You Know?


This remake has the longest running time of 133 minutes, exactly 40 mins longer than the original film which runs at 93 minutes. See more »


The original story involved Ralphie going out in the back yard to take a shot at something and have his mishap, which would explain why the back door was left open. However, here he went out in the front yard to have his mishap, which meant the back door was open for no reason whatsoever (other than for the Bumpus hounds to come in). See more »


[after the Chinese Restaurant waiters' surprisingly beautiful performance of "Deck the Halls"]
Old Man Parker: I wasn't expecting that.
Chinese Restaurant Owner: What were you expecting?
Old Man Parker: ...I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

The credits started with all the actors coming out starting with the students and ending with the major characters as Bebe Rexha's "Count on Christmas" played again. Then while the actual end credits run as an instrumental version of "It All Comes Down to Christmas" plays, the cast and crew celebrated the end of the production, plus some behind the scenes footage is shown. See more »


At Higbee's
Performed by The Christmas Story Live! Adult Ensemble
Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
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Awful, horrible, waste
18 December 2017 | by schobinSee all my reviews

Absolutely awful. Complete waste. Should not have been a musical. The reasons the film is so popular and never loses its charm are the nostalgic feelings it churns up no matter how many times you watch it and the authentic portrayal of that era. Throwing in a bunch of poorly written modern show tunes sung even worse than the lyrics themselves completely disconnected the great story and the era it came from.

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17 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Story Live! See more »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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