Arcelus (Jersey Boys, Wicked) will star as Buddy opposite Spanger (The Wedding Singer, Rock of Ages) as Jovie. Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel originated the roles, respectively, in the 2003 film.
Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph the musical that will officially open Nov. 14 and continue through Jan. 2, 2011. Elf – The Musical has a book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers). Wedding Singer songwriters Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics) penned the score.
The cast of Elf will feature the previously announced Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia!) as Emily, Mark Jacoby (Sweeney Todd, Show Boat) as Walter, George Wendt ("Cheers," Hairspray) as Santa, Matthew Gumley (Addams Family) as Michael, Valerie Wright (Steel Pier) as Deb, Michael McCormick (Curtains) as Mr. Greenway and Michael Mandell (Big River) as the Store Manager.
The Elf ensemble will include Timothy J. Alex, Callie Carter, Cara Cooper, Lisa Gadja, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Blake Hammond, Stacey Todd Holt, Emily Hsu, Jenny Hill, Nancy Johnston, Marc Kessler, Matt Loehr, Michael James Scott, Noah Weisberg, Lee Wilkins and Kirsten Wyatt.
Designing Elf will be Tony winners David Rockwell (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design) and Natasha Katz (lighting design), and Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (sound design). Tony winner Doug Besterman will provide orchestrations.
Tickets are exclusively on sale to American Express cardholders through Sept. 24. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Sept. 25.
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