EXCLUSIVE: Elf The Musical Will Play Mini-Holiday Tour Beginning in November
By Adam Hetrick
Elf The Musical, which played a Broadway holiday run in 2010, will spread Christmas cheer on a five-city mini-tour beginning Nov. 4 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island.
Based on the 2003 film of the same title, Elf has a score by Wedding Singer songwriters Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics) and a book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers).
Playbill.com has learned that director Casey Hushion and choreographer Callie Carter will stage the tour, based on the original Broadway direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot). The tour will be a non-AEA production.
The physical production of Elf will be based on the original Broadway designs.
Tour dates include Nov. 4-10 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI; followed by Nov. 13-18 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI; Nov. 20-25 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL; Nov. 27-Dec. 2 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL; and Dec. 5-30 at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN.
A Ghostlight Records cast album preserves the original Broadway cast.
The musical comedy broke records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre box office three times over the course of its 58-performance run. Elf grossed $1,572,835.50 million during Christmas week 2010.
The musical and its source center on a human orphan, who steals away in Santa's sack one Christmas Eve and is raised as an elf in the North Pole. He soon learns the truth of his heritage when he outgrows his fellow toy makers. Will Ferrell originated the role on screen.
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