Matthew Broderick will play the narrator in Fox's A Christmas Story Live!
Matthew Broderick will play the narrator in Fox's A Christmas Story Live!
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Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick has been cast as the narrator in Fox's live television production of A Christmas Story, set to air on Sunday, December 17, at 7pm ET.

As the narrator, Broderick will play the grown-up Ralphie Parker who looks back with love and humor on his favorite childhood Christmas. Broderick joins previously announced Emmy Award nominee Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), who will play Ralphie's mother in the three-hour live musical production. Additional casting information will be announced soon.

Widely recognized for his starring role in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Broderick was last seen on-screen in Rules Don't Apply, directed by and starring Warren Beatty, and Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan. He won Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and earned an additional nomination for his performance as Leo Bloom in the record-breaking musical The Producers — a role he reprised for the 2005 film version.

From Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television, A Christmas Story Live! is inspired by the classic holiday film A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical, featuring a score by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners and La La Land Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who will compose new songs for the show.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as coexecutive producers and writers. Scott Ellis (She Loves Me) is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director.