A Christmas Story Live! aired on Fox Sunday night. And the musical version of the famous film, A Christmas Story, was not what some were expecting. Many took to social media to share their disapproval.
#achristmasstorylive proves that a musical can ruin anything
— Eric V (@sparkcolo) December 18, 2017
A Christmas Story: The Musical ran for a limited time on Broadway in the fall of 2012. And while it was fairly well received and has since become a successful touring production, many people were not aware of it.
— Devarie Burks (@LilMsDev) December 18, 2017
When people tuned in to see what they thought would be the classic film performed live, they were shocked to see the elaborate — and sometimes long-winded — musical numbers.
That being said, the overwhelming majority of viewers gave positive feedback on social media — with good reason: The performances were fantastic and the live production value was truly impressive.
So proud of the diversity in the casting! #AChristmasStoryLive
— Jenn Willett (@TheJLogs) December 18, 2017
Plus, the musical had most of most popular moments from the film — such as the leg lamp, the bunny, and of course, Flick getting his tongue stuck to the frozen flagpole.
But there were a few differences, most notably the famous performance of “Deck the Halls” by the Chinese staff at the restaurant. The scene has played on racist stereotype that many Asians pronounce L’s as R’s. But in this version, the singers hit every note and consonant perfectly.
Overall it was a great production. But perhaps the next time Fox decides to do a holiday musical, they should pick a popular musical instead of a musical based on a popular film.
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