A Christmas Story Live!Latest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 10:26AM EST
John Legend to play Jesus in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar live musical
Legend will play the title role on the Easter Sunday April 1 live production of the famous musical, officially titled Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, in a statement. “His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.” Legend said he’s “humbled” to accept the role, adding: “We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.” ALSO: Can Legend revive the live TV musical genre after Fox's A Christmas Story Live! stumbled?
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 5:56PM EST
About 4.5 million watched A Christmas Story Live! — compared to 12.2 million for Grease Live!
Even NBC’s notorious Peter Pan Live! had more than double the viewership of last night’s Fox musical.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
Fox’s disappointing A Christmas Story Live! was a “choppy, flashy affair” that never let its audience breathe
“For viewers who love the original film, the musical didn’t look much like it,” says Sonia Saraiya. “The film has an intimate quality, but the musical was a big, loud, constantly moving production. And in place of adult Ralphie as onscreen narrator, the musical placed him onstage —a ghost unseen by his younger self or the rest of his family. The effect was that adult Ralphie (Matthew Broderick) was stalking or even haunting the family of his youth, while shamelessly gossiping about them to the audience at home. It’s creepy, and the device never quite resolved itself as the musical wears on. But in Broderick’s defense, the musical never quite resolved itself, either. It’s a choppy, flashy affair, with so many different sets that it struggled to cultivate a sense of place.”
- A Christmas Story Live! had a “too-gooey center and a phony sense of seasonal exuberance”
- A Christmas Story Live! missed the light fun of the holiday classic
- Turns out A Christmas Story becomes grating once you add music
- The co-directors “threw down the gauntlet from the start with a technically complex opening that moved with cinematic fluidity”
- The staging was clear and fun and the performances ranged from good to fantastic
- Surprisingly, most of the gaffes came from stage veteran Matthew Broderick
- Broderick was a high *AND* a low of the entire production
- The Greatest Showman live movie trailer “was one big act of controlled chaos on the studio lot”
- Twitter joyously roasted A Christmas Story Live!
- The original Christmas Story barely has enough story to sustain a 90-minute movie, let alone a three-hour musical
- How A Christmas Story Live! made the Chinese restaurant scene less racist
- Every other broadcast show beat A Christmas Story Live! in preliminary ratings
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
How will A Christmas Story Live! differentiate itself from the iconic holiday movie?
“Audiences know the movie back and forth,” says executive producer Marc Platt, who also produced Grease Live!. “So, it’s really our responsibility to make sure that we’re digging into the emotional moments. It’s really a dance that we’re always trying to do to figure out in how we can make a moment larger than life and then figure out how to preserve the moments that you really want to see. Trying to find that kind of balance is really important.”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 4:40PM EST
A Christmas Story Live! will feature the first-ever live movie trailer
Fox and its sibling movie studio 20th Century Fox will use Sunday’s live event to promote the feature film The Greatest Showman with a 2 1/2-minute live trailer, featuring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya performing "Come Alive" from the P.T. Barnum biopic. According to Deadline, the trailer will “feature a 360-degree shoot and more than 150 dancers and that filming will take place adjacent to the A Christmas Story Live! stages at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank.” Fox also announced that A Christmas Story Live! will open with the original song “Count on Christmas,” written by the show's composers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the musical duo behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen).
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:24PM EST
A Christmas Story Live! adds David Alan Grier as Santa Claus, plus Ken Jeong
Grier will play Santa, while Jeong will play a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner on the Fox live musical event.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Fox unveils the first A Christmas Story Live! promo
The live musical event will apparently feature a leg lamp, like the one seen in the iconic 1983 holiday classic.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Ana Gasteyer is reuniting with SNL alum Maya Rudolph on Fox’s A Christmas Story Live!
Gasteyer, who appeared on Fox’s Grease Live! will play the mother of one of Ralphie’s friends.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 2:18PM EDT
Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! adds Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos
She’ll play Ralphie’s teacher. He’ll play Ralphie’s dad.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5:14PM EDT
Fox has found its Ralphie for A Christmas Story Live!
Andy Walken, age 11, was one of 350 actors to apply for the role of Ralphie Parker.