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Fox to air 'A Christmas Story' as a live musical in December

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/12/2017
File- This Feb. 26, 2017, shows Justin Paul, left and Benj Pasek, right, accepting the award for best original song for "City of Stars" from "La La Land" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Fox network is getting in the Christmas spirit with its announcement Friday of "A Christmas Story," a live TV musical scheduled for December. Pasek and Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Oscar-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” They will compose new songs for the television version.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press File- This Feb. 26, 2017, shows Justin Paul, left and Benj Pasek, right, accepting the award for best original song for "City of Stars" from "La La Land" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Fox network is getting in the Christmas spirit with its announcement Friday of "A Christmas Story," a live TV musical scheduled for December. Pasek and Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Oscar-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” They will compose new songs for the television version.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network is getting in the Christmas spirit with its announcement Friday of "A Christmas Story," a live TV musical scheduled for December.

The three-hour special is inspired by the film "A Christmas Story" and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway show, "A Christmas Story: The Musical."

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical "Dear Evan Hansen," and lyricists of "La La Land's" Oscar-winning song, "City of Stars," also scored "A Christmas Story: The Musical." They will compose new songs for the television version.

The film "A Christmas Story" was released in 1983, based on Jean Shepherd's semiautobiographical story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker's desperate attempt to land an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings from everyone that he'll shoot his eye out.

It has since become a holiday classic. Two sequels followed. The original Broadway production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical" opened on Broadway in 2012. It was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, best book and best original score.

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