a christmas story live musical cast

It’s nearly the holidays, so you know what that means: the live TV musical craze will be back in full swing.

And the next movie to get the musical telecast treatment is none other than A Christmas Story, which will air on Fox following the network’s success with Grease: LiveThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The PassionA Christmas Story: Live! had already cast Matthew Broderick as adult Ralphie/the narrator, Andy Walken as young Ralphie, and Maya Rudolph as Mother Parker, but the live telecast has just added two more comedy stalwarts to the program: Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos.

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Beyonce in Beauty and the Beast

The live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast did boffo box office, but imagine how much more money it could’ve taken in had director Bill Condon been able to cast Beyoncé. The filmmaker recently revealed that he offered Queen Bey a part in his musical, but she declined to be his guest and take him up on the offer. Get all the Beyonce in Beauty and the Beast news you can stand below.

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anna and the apocalypse trailer

Every year, every film festival, some World Premiere comes out of nowhere to reveal itself as “the next big thing.” At this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, that title was Anna and The Apocalypse. This film is director John McPhail’s – wait for it – Scottish, Christmas-themed horror musical about coming of age during the zombie apocalypse. High School Musical meets Shaun of the Dead with a dash of Footloose. Sound fun? This is going to be a new winter rewatch tradition for the jolliest of genre fans.

We were able to find a little time amidst the chaos of Fantastic Fest to chat with McPhail about his sing-songy doomsday treat, along with actress Ella Hunt, actor Malcolm Cumming, actress/choreographer Sarah Swire, and actor Christopher Leveaux. Here’s what the whole crew had to say about musical zombie kills, cinematic influences and – as an added bit of fun – what horror movies they’d love to turn into a musicals next.

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A Christmas Story Live ralphie

A Christmas Story is the latest property to receive the live TV treatment. Recently, Matthew Broderick was announced as the voice of older Ralphie, aka the narrator. Now, the role of the younger Ralphie has finally been cast. Watch a new A Christmas Story Live video announcing the actor below!

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Amadeus Live

It always seemed like a bad idea to me. Live music with a movie? Wouldn’t that be distracting? As screenings with live music became more and more popular, I continually avoided them out of a stubborn belief that they would just be a terrible idea. There was no real logic in this line of thought; it merely existed somewhere in the mess that is my mind.

And then I saw an advertisement for Amadeus Live with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Here was a chance to see one of my all-time favorite films, one of the best films ever made, Miloš Forman’s Amadeus, a film that’s filled with wall-to-wall music, with a live orchestra. It was finally time to give the movies with live music trend a try.

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Baby Driver Blu-ray

On Wednesday night, I visited the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles to attend the Blu-ray release party of Baby Driver, writer/director Edgar Wright‘s music-driven car chase film that debuted earlier this year. Sitting next to Baby’s bright red Subaru from the film, Wright showed off some clips from the film’s bonus features and participated in a lengthy Q&A session, during which he revealed a few cool pieces of information we didn’t know about the making of the film.

Oh, and Kevin Spacey – who plays heist mastermind “Doc” in the movie – unexpectedly dropped by for an impromptu conversation as well. Read on for eight things we learned about Wright’s toe-tapping musical action thriller.
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Watch a New Paul Thomas Anderson Haim Music Video

Before 2017 is over, we’ll be treated to a brand new Paul Thomas Anderson film, which will also be the (alleged) swan song of Daniel Day-Lewis. However, those seeking some new Anderson material before the end of the year are in luck: the Inherent Vice filmmaker has helmed a new video for the band Haim, and it’s delightful. Watch the Paul Thomas Anderson Haim music video below.

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Little Shop of Horrors Original Ending

Frank Oz‘s 1986 musical cult classic Little Shop of Horrors will be returning to movie theaters for a limited time event, as Fathom Events is hosting Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut, which includes a 23-minute ending cut from the film due to test audience reactions. Find out when you can see the Little Shop of Horrors original ending on the big screen.
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pretty woman musical

It seems like every beloved romantic-comedy from the last two decades is getting the Broadway treatment, and it looks like it’s Pretty Woman‘s time for a makeover.

Pretty Woman: The Musical is about to be the kind of musical you’d like to meet with Les Miserables‘ Samantha Barks taking on the role of the prostitute with a heart of gold originated by Julia Roberts and Once musical lead Steve Kazee stepping into Richard Gere’s shiny shoes. Bryan Adams is writing the music, and Jerry Mitchell — the writer/director of Kinky Boots, appropriately — will write and direct.

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David Oyelowo Disney Musical
Today in extremely cool movie news, Disney announced they will be making a new live-action musical starring David Oyelowo, from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the playwright who inspired Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. The House of Mouse has been slowly but surely remaking their animated classics into live-action musicals, like last year’s Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and a bunch of CGI tomfoolery. But this latest project, Cyrano the Moor, is a new concept inspired by two classic plays. Read more about Disney’s Cyrano the Moor below.

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