Fox is searching for a young actor to star in the upcoming live musical production of A Christmas Story. A casting call is currently underway for an actor aged 9-12 to play the lead role of Ralphie Parker in the three-hour musical set to air live on December 17, 2017. The role of Ralphie in the 1983 Christmas movie was played by Peter Billingsley, with Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin playing his parents.
Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) was previously announced to star in the 2017 adaptation as Ralphie’s mom.
Per Fox: “Ralphie is a bright, but not precocious, nine-year-old boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. Auditions for the role are open now through Tuesday, August 29, at 11:59 PM PT. Submissions will be accepted digitally only via castittalent.com/A_Christmas_Story. Candidates, ages 9-12, should express strong singing and dancing capabilities and be able to anchor the live three-hour production. As part of the audition, candidates should submit a video performing the original songs ‘Red Ryder BB Gun’ and ‘Before the Old Man.'”
A Christmas Story will be executive produced by Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land), Adam Siegel, Alex Rudzinski, and Scott Ellis. Rudzinski is serving as the live television director and Ellis is the director overseeing the stage direction. Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary are on board as writers, with Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen) composing new songs for the live musical production. Pasek and Paul also wrote the score for the Broadway production of A Christmas Story: The Musical.