Holiday National Tour of Elf, Starring Will Blum, Begins Nov. 9

By Adam Hetrick
November 9, 2013

The Equity national tour of Elf, starring Will Blum as Buddy, the orphaned human who thinks he's one of Santa's helpers, begins Nov. 9 in Owensboro, KY.



The musical comedy based on the 2003 film of the same title 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). A cast album preserves the original Broadway production.

Two productions of Elf are currently on tour. A non-Equity tour, which includes the same direction and designs, began Nov. 5. The touring productions feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

Blum (The Book of Mormon) is joined by Larry Cahn (Walter), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Jovie), Lanene Charters (Deb), Ken Clement (Santa), Larent Giroux (Mr. Greenway), Julia Louise Hosack (Emily), Noah Marlowe (Michael) and Kevyn Morrow (Store Manager).

The ensemble includes Jen Bechter, Darren Biggart, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erick Buckley, Elizabeth Burton, Audrey Cardwell, Drew Franklin, George Franklin, Karen Hyland, Paul Ianniello, Eric Anthony Johnson, Chandon Jones, Drew King, Julie Kotarides, Andrew Kruep and Emily Larger.

Tour stops follow:

Nov. 9 Owensboro, KY – RiverPark Center
Nov. 12-17 Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 19-24 Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater
Nov. 26 – Dec. 15 Chicago, IL – Cadillac Palace Theatre
Dec. 17, 2013– Jan. 5, 2014 Washington, DC – Kennedy Center

According to producers, "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."

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