Chris Diamantopoulos (center) in "A Christmas Story Live!"
(Photo: Ray Mickshaw / Fox)
While theater fans were eager to see the December 17th performance A Christmas Story Live! the live musical did not have a wide reach for viewers across the country, according to TVLine.
Fox's three-hour live musical brought 4.5 million total viewers, less than all of his live musical predecessors, including Hairspray Live! that brought nine million, Fat: Live that saw 12.2 million, The Wiz Live! that brought 11.5 million and Peter Pan Live attracts an audience of 9.2 million. The first among the latest live TV music trends was NBC The Sound of Music Live that still heads them all with an audience of 18.6 million.
A Christmas Story Live! was inspired by the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story and the Tony nominee A Christmas Story: The Musical . The live presentation featured the Tony nominated score of Dear composers of Evan Hansen Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, along with new songs from the couple. The cast featured Broadway veterans such as two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Jane Krakowski winner Chris Diamantopoulos and Ana Gasteyer.
Upcoming live music audiences may include NBC Jesus Christ Superstar live air show on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018; Fox at work Bye Bye Birdie Live and Fox Rent Live, scheduled for January 27, 2019.