BWW TV Special: Elf Shorts Part I: Music, Lyrics and Book
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by Craig Brockman
Tis the season to find your "inner elf" and BroadwayWorld is going to help! For the next few weeks, we're presenting a special series featuring the cast and creative in a close up look at putting this "magical" show together called "Elf Shorts." The first feature highlights the book writers, Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin along with Tony Nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin who wrote the music and lyrics. Click to learn more about taking this hilarious movie from the big screen to the Broadway stage!
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features present ELF, based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit. ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python's Spamalot) and stars Sebastian Arcelus as ‘Buddy,' Amy Spanger as ‘Jovie,' Tony® Award nominee Mark Jacoby as ‘Walter,' Michael Mandell as ‘Store Manager,' Michael McCormick as ‘Mr. Greenway,' Valerie Wright as ‘Deb' and Matthew Gumley as ‘Michael.' The production will also star Tony® Award winner Beth Leavel as ‘Emily,' and six-time Emmy® Award winner George Wendt as ‘Santa.'
ELF opens on Sunday, November 14th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street) and previews have already begun! The production will play a limited engagement for the holiday season through Sunday, January 2nd.
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Produced and edited by Craig Brockman