"Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas" is a stop-motion animated special based on the 2003 "Elf" film and Broadway's Elf: The Musical. Four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons lends his voice to the starring role of Buddy the Elf and leads a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci and Rachael MacFarlane. The special features nine tunes from Elf: The Musical — in this clip, Buddy teaches the importance of being "Sparklejollytwinklejingley." The show will be rebroadcast Christmas day at 9 PM and is now available for streaming at NBC.com.
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf is the tale of Buddy, a human orphan raised by Santa's elves. As a grownup, he leaves the North Pole on a journey to discover his true identity. Book is by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Music is by Matthew Sklar and lyrics are by Chad Beguelin. James Moye plays Buddy, Kate Fahrner is Jovie, Paul C. Vogt is Santa, Heidi Blickenstaff is Emily and Robert Cuccioli plays Walter. See show details.
Since 1999, producer Lynn Pinto and her crew have put together the holiday CD set "Carols for a Cure" to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The compilation album features casts from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performing traditional or original holiday tunes — and sometimes a bit of both! Here, the casts of Pippin, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and Kinky Boots join Pinto and engineer Andros Rodriguez in the studio to record their respective festive tracks. Visit the Playbill Store for more info.
The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods features Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film is slated to open on Dec. 25. Here, Kendrick, Streep, Corden and Blunt preview tunes and scenes from the long-awaited movie. Read about the film's Golden Globe nomination.
Idina Menzel gave a special performance outside of Bloomingdale's to help usher in the holiday season. Along with the unveiling of Bloomies' holiday windows, Menzel previewed tracks from her brand new Christmas album "Holiday Wishes" which features a bevy of classic tunes. Here, she performs "White Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and chats about what holiday time means to her. Read the Playbill story.
Mary Testa was joined in studio by Michael Starobin to preview their new album "Have Faith" which is now out on Ghostlight Records. For this album that "addresses issues of faith and doubt from a variety of perspectives," the duo have taken well known tunes and interpreted them in a way that sheds new light on them without cloaking any familiarity. Here, the two run through the standard "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and Alanis Morissette's "Thank U." They play CD release concerts at the Laurie Beechman Theatre January 4, 5, 11 and 12. Read the Playbill story.
Life as a fairytale princess isn’t always as wonderful as it’s made out to be and Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the rest of the crew are ready to set the record straight in Disenchanted!. Dennis T. Giacino's new musical features Michelle Knight as Snow White, Becky Gulsvig as Cinderella, Jen Bechter as Sleeping Beauty, Lulu Picart as Hua Mulan, Soara-Joye Ross as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog and Alison Burns as The Little Mermaid in this comedic take on the trials and tribulations of the world of make believe. The production plays the Theatre at St. Clement's through Jan. 25. Read the Playbill story.
Rob McClure, Tony Danza and Brynn O'Malley head the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas, the Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Andrew Bergman (book) musical based on the 1992 film penned by Bergman. The show had well-received run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in 2013 and is now in previews at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre with a Jan. 15 opening date. Watch cast and creatives chat about what makes a great honeymoon and the crazy things that can happen in Las Vegas.
Rob McClure, Tony Danza and Brynn O'Malley head the cast of Honeymoon in Vegas, the Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics) and Andrew Bergman (book) musical based on the 1992 film penned by Bergman. Here, the show's cast and creatives chatted with Playbill about what makes for a great honeymoon.