A Christmas Story Live!

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Overlong and perhaps a little too faithful, A Christmas Story Live! can't quite capture the holiday spirit of its source material.

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From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is inspired by the holiday classic feature "A Christmas Story" and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Marc Platt ("Grease: Live," "La La Land," "Wicked") and Adam Siegel ("Grease: Live") will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary ("Grease: Live," "Anything but Love," "Ira & Abby") serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis (the 2016 Broadway revival of "She Loves Me," "Weeds") is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski ("Grease: Live," "Dancing with the Stars") is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("Dear Evan Hansen," "La La Land") who composed the original score to "A Christmas Story: The Musical," will compose several new songs for the LIVE television event airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

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Critic Reviews for A Christmas Story Live!

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  • While writers conceded it covered every important part of the film, it didn't deliver it in the same package - in fact, it might have been presented a little too perfectly.

    May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jennifer Maas

    TheWrap
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  • Musical based on classic film is an OK update, but too long.

    December 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The modest charms of this adaptation shone through only occasionally when bloated to three hours, making even this unapologetic show-tune enthusiast squirm at times, feeling like the kid brother who couldn't face yet another plate of meatloaf.

    December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Matt Roush

    TV Insider
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  • A Christmas Story Live! was solid, but it lacked the kind of emotional resonance that makes people want to see the movie over and over.

    December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Ken Tucker

    Yahoo! TV
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  • "A Christmas Story Live!" lacked the feeling of a piece of theater unfolding in front of the audience's eyes in real time, like a slick magic trick.

    December 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Powerhouse performances.

    December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Andy Swift

    TV Line
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