Following the success of Grease: Live, Fox will present a live TV adaptation of the musical A Christmas Story. The three-hour event will air this December.
The musical, based on the 1983 film of the same name, features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The composing team, who won an Oscar earlier this year for the song “City of Stars” from La La Land, also received a Tony nomination earlier this month for penning the score of Dear Evan Hansen.
The two will pen several new songs for the live broadcast, which will feature a script by Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary based on Joseph Robinette's book for the musical.
Marc Platt, who won an Emmy for Grease: Live, will return to executive produce.
“A Christmas Story is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time—audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it—and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television,” said David Madden, president, Entertainment of Fox Broadcasting Company. “The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”
The stage adaptation opened on Broadway in November 2012, following a world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and a subsequent 5th Avenue Theatre staging in Seattle, Washington and a national tour. The musical received three Tony nominations in 2013: Best Musical, Best Score for Pasek and Paul, and Best Book for Robinette. The show also played a limited engagement at Madison Square Garden in 2013.
Check out Pasek and Paul previewing a number for the musical below.