Krakowski will play Ralphie’s teacher, Miss Shields, while Diamantopoulos will portray Ralphie’s dad. The roles in the original film were played by Tedde Moore and Darren McGavin respectively. They join previously announced cast members Maya Rudolph, who will star as Ralphie’s mother, Matthew Broderick as the narrator, and Andy Walken as Ralphie.
Krakowski’s role reunites her with stage director and executive producer Scott Ellis, who directed the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of “She Loves Me,” in which Krakowski starred, receiving a Tony Award nomination for her performance.
Best known for her role as Jenna Maroney on the critically-acclaimed NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Krakowski received four Emmy Award nominations for her performance. She was first introduced to TV audiences in her breakout role on Fox’s “Ally McBeal,” and currently can be seen in the streaming series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” which has earned her an Emmy Award nomination and a Critics’ Choice Award. Her other television credits include “Modern Family,” “American Dad,” “Younger,” and “Sesame Street.” Last year, she starred in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Broadway production of “She Loves Me.” In 2003, she received a Tony Award for her portrayal of “Carla” in the Broadway musical “Nine,” and she earned her first Tony Award nomination for her work in the original Broadway production of “Grand Hotel.”
Diamantopoulos most recently starred on Broadway, opposite Sara Bareilles, in the hit musical “Waitress.” He will be seen next in the feature comedy “The Truth About Lies,” opposite Odette Annable; and the television series “The Dangerous Book for Boys” and “Let’s Get Physical.” His additional television credits include “Good Girls Revolt,” “Silicon Valley,” “About a Boy,” the revival of “Arrested Development,” “Episodes” and the final season of “The Office.”
From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, “A Christmas Story Live” is inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” It will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as co-executive producers and writers. Ellis is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed the original score to “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” will compose several new songs for the LIVE television event.
“A Christmas Story Live” will air Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.