Matthew Broderick & Maya Rudolph Deck The Halls
Entertainment Weekly|December 08,2017

The yuletide film–turned–Broadway musical will be regifted again, this time as a Fox event (Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.). Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story Live! follows young Ralphie Parker’s very eventful holiday. EW triple-dog-dared stars Broderick (the narrator) and Rudolph (Ralphie’s mom) to reveal how they breathed new life into a classic.

Maureen Lee Lenker

Thanks to annual 24-hour marathons, A Christmas Story has quite the cult following: Did you draw on the original cast for inspiration?

MAYA RUDOLPH I love Melinda Dillon [as the mother] in the movie so much. I didn’t expect to ever play her part in the musical, but she really shines for me in that movie. She’s just wonderfully warm and a little bit her own odd, quirky mother that’s not a normal mother but is a normal mother.

MATTHEW BRODERICK I knew some of [author] Jean Shepherd’s [adaptations] from before that. On PBS there were a couple, and my father [actor James Broderick] played the “old man.” So I knew those really well, and I always loved them, and I met Jean Shepherd when I was young.

RUDOLPH That’s a pretty amazing coincidence.

Will fans spot a lot of references to the film? And will there be any 2017 updates?

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

10 Tips to Enjoy Low-Sugar Holidays

For weight control and improved health, follow these strategies to keep your sugar intake to a minimum while still relishing the sweetness of the season.

6 mins read
Better Nutrition
December 2020

What to Know Before You Mistletoe

How to make your break Holly Lolly – with or without a BAE.

3 mins read
Girls' Life magazine
December / January 2021

Share The Love

Hark! Here’s how to spread some supersized seasonal splendor.

2 mins read
Girls' Life magazine
December / January 2021

The Existential Despair of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Revisiting the most disturbing Christmas special

8 mins read
The Atlantic
December 2020

There's No Stopping Santa

The middle of a global pandemic might seem like a good time to cut back on holiday excess. But then, we live in America.

6 mins read
The Atlantic
December 2020

The Group Portrait: Rockettes, Spectacular-less

For the first time since its inception in 1933, there will be no Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

1 min read
New York magazine
November 23 - December 6, 2020

Baking In A Winter Wonderland

Edd Kimber shares four celebratory sweet bakes with a snowy theme

7 mins read
Olive
Christmas 2020

This Year's Winter Harvest Takes the Cake

Celebration calls for cake

4 mins read
Yoga Journal
November - December 2020

Why Iranians Continue to Seek Refuge in Australia

Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2010. Her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (see WLT, Spring 2020, 96), originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia’s 2018 Stella Prize for Fiction and the 2020 International Booker Prize. Here she recalls her refugee journey from Iran to Christmas Island and reveals why Iranians continue migrating to Australia, despite the absence of war.

10+ mins read
World Literature Today
Summer 2020

Christmas Cactus, And An Early Start To Holiday Decorating

I’ve been asked how you can tell whether you have a Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving cactus.

1 min read
The Weekly Packet
11/28/2019