Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick has joined the cast of Fox’s upcoming A Christmas Story Live!. He’ll take on the role of Ralphie Parker, who narrates the cautionary tale of a boy who wants a Red Ryder BB gun.
The role was voiced by radio announcer Jean Shepherd in the original 1983 film, though the stage musical adaptation on which Fox’s broadcast will be based features the character framing the story in-person.
Broderick joins the previously announced Maya Rudolph for the December 17 event; the Saturday Night Live alum will play Ralphie’s mother. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. A search for a “regular kid” aged 9–12 to play Ralphie is underway.
A Christmas Story features a score by the Tony- and Oscar-winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (currently represented on Broadway with Dear Evan Hansen), who will collaborate on new material specifically for the live broadcast. Executive producers Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary will adapt Joseph Robinette's book for the small screen.
A two-time Tony winner for Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Broderick last appeared on Broadway in the Broadway premiere of Sylvia. His additional credits include The Producers, It’s Only a Play, and The Odd Couple—each opposite Nathan Lane. He is known on screen for his performances in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Manchester By the Sea.