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'A Christmas Story: The Musical' live staging to air on FOX this December

UPI News Service, 05/14/2017 

FOX says it plans to stage a live production of A Christmas Story: The Musical in December.

Marc Platt is producing the three-hour program, which is based on the classic 1983 holiday movie A Christmas Story. No casting has been announced yet.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul scored the musical and will compose several new songs for the television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary adapting the book.

"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," David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement. "The extraordinarily giftedPasek and Paulwere instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just asentertaining for viewers."

"I can't believe how incredibly lucky we are to have Marc Platt producing this iconic Christmas classic,"added Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "Marcis the defining voice in this genre and it's amazing to have this caliber of talent leading what is sure to be a new standard in live musical events."

A Christmas Story: The Musical was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. The original Broadway production opened Nov. 19, 2012.

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