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Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox's Live A Christmas Story Musical

The holiday event gets a premiere date

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Liam Mathews

Maya Rudolph is worried Ralphie will shoot his eye out.

The former SNL star/excellent singer will star as nine-year-old Ralphie Parker's mother in Fox's live musical adaptation of the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story, the network announced Tuesday during its Television Critics Association summer press tour panel.

Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.

The three-hour live television event, inspired by the 1983 movie A Christmas Story (aka the one where the kid gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole) and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical, will be executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land).

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award winners for the musical Dear Evan Hansen and lyricists of La La Land's Academy Award-winning song "City of Stars," also scored A Christmas Story: The Musical and will compose several new songs for the live television event, with Grease: Live's Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary adapting the book.

A Christmas Story will air live on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7pm ET/PT (tape delayed on the West Coast) on Fox.