Sammy Ramirez, age 11, is from Virginia. He is excited to join the cast of A Christmas Story Live! as Schwartz, one of Ralphie’s best friends. Sammy recently completed a run as Billy “The Stylist” on the hit Broadway musical School of Rock by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Sammy can also be seen in commercials for the rebranded Sprout channel Universal Kids. His regional theater credits include Chip in the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast, Young Patrick in the classic musical Mame, and Tiny Tim in a Christmas Carol musical adaption entitled Scrooge No More! In addition to being an actor-dancer-singer, Sammy also plays the guitar. He recently released a self-produced original single on YouTube named Heads or Tails. Sammy regularly studies with master teachers in New York City.
“I got the call from my agent. I originally auditioned for Ralphie. They heard my tape and I accepted the role for Schwartz. I am very excited to be part of this production,” said Sammy to Extra. His wish for Christmas to everyone is “Always be kind!” He says he learned that from Schwartz who isn’t very kind.
FOX and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television will partner with acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”) on the LIVE musical event A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE!, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award winners for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the three-hour LIVE television production, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live”) adapting the book. Emmy Award nominee Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”) will star as the mother of nine-year old “Ralphie Parker,” and two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will star as the “Narrator.”
A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel (“Grease: Live”) will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live,” “Anything but Love,” “Ira & Abby”) serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis (the 2016 Broadway revival of “She Loves Me,” “Weeds”) is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski (“Grease: Live,” “Dancing with the Stars”) is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will compose music and lyrics for the event.
A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! premiered on Dec. 17 on Fox.