No doubt banking that the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear, Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures is returning to the Great White Way with the musical version of one of my recent Holiday film favorites: Elf (2003).
Elf - The Musical is set to play Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre beginning on November 2, 2010. The tuner will open on November 14, just in time for the Holiday season that begins in earnest over Thanksgiving.
The musical will star Sebastian Arcelus as Buddy, Amy Spanger as Jovie, Marc Jacoby as Walter, Beth Leavel as Emily, and the most natural actor I can think of to fill Santa's shoes, George Wendt.
Currently scheduled through January 2, 2011, the limited engagement will get a boost this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when Arcelus officially opens the Hirshfeld box office with prize giveaways including chances for young audience members to win walk-on roles.
On the official Elf - The Musical website, the stage adaptation is described as follows:
One of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is now a full grown Broadway musical! Featuring an all-star creative team led by three time Tony-nominated director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), Elf is the one present everyone wants this holiday season.Will audiences be willing to pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and perhaps even walk through the Lincoln Tunnel just to see this stage adaptation? As Broadway's only real Holiday show this season, the production just might provide the elfin magic Warner Brothers is hoping for.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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