The latest screen-to-stage musical is Elf — The Musical, which is based on the hit 2003 film that cast Will Ferrell as an oversized elf sent to America to find his true identity.
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Unique Features will present a workshop of the new musical Nov. 2-Dec. 12 in Manhattan, according to an Equity casting notice. The Wedding Singer's Matthew Sklar (music) and Chad Beguelin (lyrics) penned the score for Elf with a book by Tony winners Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. The creative team also boasts director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone) and music director Phil Reno.
The character breakdown for the lead role, Buddy, reads, "Role made famous by Will Ferrell in the movie. Funny and warm, with an infectious personality. Has been raised as one of Santa’s elves, and has the innocence of a child. Has outrageous enthusiasm for everything he sees and does, but it is very genuine. Seeking a comedian with great subtle timing and an amazing singing voice." —Andrew Gans