The musical, a live remake of the 1983 movie about young Ralphie Parker’s struggles leading up to Christmas Day, was widely panned by both viewers as well as critics. Actor Andy Walken, who plays Ralphie, will be a dead ringer for Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie from the movie.
yet the casting was not enough for the audience, which was quick to criticize the holiday musical on Twitter.
Another wrote: “I’m gonna have to watch the entire 24hr marathon of A Christmas Story to forget This kind of dumpster fire called #AChristmasStoryLive.”
Even a star-studded cast, which included Maya Rudolph, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jane Krakowski as well as Matthew Broderick, didn’t appear to help much. The live musical brought in 4.5 million viewers, according to Fox. Last year’s “Grease Live!” which also aired on Fox, reportedly attracted 12.2 million in total viewers as well as last December’s “Hairspray Live!” on NBC had 9.1 million viewers.
The harsh criticism just kept coming on social media throughout duration of the live event.
“No. Just no. I’m as big a #ChristmasStory fan there will be as well as I was genuinely looking forward to This kind of ‘Live’ edition on Fox, yet This kind of will be an abomination. A Christmas Story will be about the farthest thing by a musical there will be,” wrote another viewer.
Another called the item “the worst thing in which has ever been on TV.”
“This kind of live ‘A Christmas Story’ will be the worst thing in which has ever been on TV, as well as I’m including ‘After M.A.S.H.'”