Casting for Fox’s next live musical A Christmas Story is underway!

As announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday, Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph is the first to join the three-hour live television event, tapped to play the mother of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who has not yet been cast. Melinda Dillon originated the role of the mother in the 1983 holiday classic.

An adaptation of the film — as well as the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production that opened in 2012 — also snagged a premiere date: Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox. The event, which will be live on East Coast and tape-delayed for the West Coast, will be filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

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La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who scored Broadway’s A Christmas Story: The Musical, will compose several new songs, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live) adapting the book.

A Christmas Story
  • Movie
  • 94 minutes