It’s never easy to recreate a classic, especially on live television. Not all fans of the 1983 holiday hit, A Christmas Story, were impressed by the live adaptation that aired on Sunday, December 17.
What many failed to notice — or rather what Fox had failed to explain ahead of time — was that this production wasn’t actually an adaptation of the movie. In 2012, the movie was adapted into A Christmas Story: The Musical … that was adapted into A Christmas Story Live!
“Please stop with all this singing. I came here to see a live version of A Christmas Story. Not a musical. Please stop ruining a classic,” one viewer tweeted. Another wrote: “They didn’t advertise A Christmas Story Live as a musical and honestly I’m not impressed. I love a good musical but this just is not up to par.”
A Christmas Story as a live musical was, in retrospect, a terrible idea.
— TRC (@RubrChickens) December 18, 2017
I’m all for a great musical, but some things just shouldn’t be touched. With that said, a christmas story live is cringeworthy.
— Audrey Proa (@proaconstricta) December 18, 2017
The live musical did have quite the impressive cast: Maya Rudolph and Chris Diamantopoulos played Ralphie’s parents, Matthew Broderick was the narrator, Jane Krakowski was Miss Shields and newcomer Andy Walken played Ralph Parker.
However, its length was also an issue among viewers, as it spanned over three hours.
”This A Christmas Story Live is cute and everyone involved is very talented but I swear it has been on for 7 hours,” one viewer tweeted.
“Ok, Fox. I tried. I really did. But if A Christmas Story Live is going to be three-hours (?!?!) of this, I’ll just watch the movie twice and be just fine,” another tweeted adding, “#ImGoingToShootMyEyeOutInstead.”
One viewer wrote, “I’ll only accept this A Christmas Story Live thing if it goes for 24 hours nonstop.”
The last live production on Fox was Grease: Live, running just over two hours. Every year A Christmas Story airs every year on TBS on Christmas day for 24 hours.
However, not everyone had negative reviews. Sarah Jessica Parker, who is married to Broderick, posted a photo of her husband on Instagram, writing, “Swoon. Way to go baby. Now go have a drink and get your a— home to NYC. X, sj.”
For more reactions, see below:
I am watching A Christmas Story live. I think it’s really good. The musical numbers are awesome. #AChristmasStoryLive
— Rebecca Archibald (@Beckajeane) December 18, 2017
A Christmas Story Live was really well done. Didn’t think I would spend my evening watching that but I made it all the way through really impressed
— Mason Forrest (@bat_mason) December 18, 2017
Shout out to everyone involved with A Christmas Story Live! Killer ensemble, great crew work and directing. You’re pulling it off and doing it so well!! Bravo!! It is something to be proud of. #AChristmasStoryLive
— Justin Atwood (@justinatwood) December 18, 2017
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