Tony winner Jane Krakowski and Waitress alum Chris Diamantopoulos have signed on to Fox’s upcoming live broadcast of A Christmas Story. The Emmy nominees will play Ralphie’s teacher Miss Shields and Ralphie’s dad, respectively, in the small screen musical adaptation.
The roster also includes the previously announced Maya Rudolph as Ralphie's mother, Tony winner Matthew Broderick as the grown-up Ralphie who serves as narrator, and 11-year-old newcomer Andy Walken, who will play the central role of Ralphie.
The TV event, slated to air December 17, will blend the score Benj Pasek and Justin Paul penned for the musical adaption with new material, including an adapted screenplay by executive producers Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary.
Krakowski last appeared on Broadway in She Loves Me, for which she received her third Tony nomination. She had previously won for Nine and earned her first nod for Grand Hotel. She is known on the small screen for her Emmy-nominated performances as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock and as Jacqueline Voorhees on Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
A Christmas Story Live! marks a reunion between Krakowski and executive producer and staging director Scott Ellis, who helmed the Roundabout Theatre Company revivals of She Loves Me and Company that featured Krakowski. Alex Rudzinski, who won an Emmy for his technical direction of Grease Live!, returns for Fox's latest live musical.
Diamantopoulos returned to the New York stage earlier this year as Dr. Pomatter in Broadway's Waitress, following performances in The Full Monty and Les Misérables. His screen credits include an Emmy-nominated turn voicing the title rodent in the recent animated Mickey Mouse series, Good Girls Revolt, and Silicon Valley.
Fox also has a live adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Rent in the pipeline; the musical is set to air in early 2019.