MANHATTAN - On a Christmas classic’s 30th anniversary, Long Island native and actor Dan Lauria is bringing it to life on Broadway. News 12’s Elisa DiStefano had a chance to join Lauria, best known for his role in “The Wonder Years,” backstage in New York City.

Lauria, of Lindenhurst, plays the narrator in "A Christmas Story: The Musical." He says the Broadway show stays very true to the film.

“We are very loyal to the script,” Lauria says. “In the movie, wherever Ralphie has a fantasy, that’s a production number.”

Even with the show’s vigorous production schedule, Lauria says he will be home for Christmas to pick up his 90-year-old aunt.

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at the Theater at Madison Square Garden with shows through Dec. 29.

For more on the show’s schedule and extended footage, click on the links on the left.