ELF THE MUSICAL
book by BOB MARTIN and THOMAS MEEHAN
lyrics by CHAD BEGUELIN
adapted from the NEW LINE CINEMA film, written by DAVID BERENBAUM
ELF THE MUSICAL is presented through a special arrangement with Musical Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are supplied by www.mtishows.com
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Production photos by Tim Ngyuen
November 25 to
December 30, 2022
Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm
running time 120 mins,
presented in partnership with OCL Studios.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf 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 realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-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 holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
"The show is a bona fide treat."
– New York Post
"Those expecting to laugh as much as they did at the movie won't be disappointed."
– Associated Press
RATING: PG | 6+
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Production Inclusion Statics
56% ON STAGE
48.84% MARGINALIZED REPRESENTATION
52% ON STAGE
36% ON STAGE
24% ON STAGE
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Thomas Meehan (Book) received the Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers in 2001 and in 2003 for co-writing the book for Hairspray. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has written the books for the musicals Rocky, Elf the Musical, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein, Chaplin, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand and Annie Warbucks. In addition, he was a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-Award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and To Be Or Not To Be. Mr. Meehan was also a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He and his wife, Carolyn, divided their time between a home in Nantucket and an apartment in Greenwich Village, near which, on Hudson Street, she owned and presided over the long-running and near-legendary children's store Peanut Butter & Jane.
BOB MARTIN has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film and television for over 3 decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations including Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), Novello (London). Bob has won a number of awards for his work including an LA Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. He is also co-creator of the critically acclaimed dramatic series Slings & Arrows. Recent TV projects include Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays I & II (CBC), Sensitive Skin I & II (HBO), and Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (NBC). Recent theatre projects include Elf (Broadway), Minsky's (Ahmanson LA), and in dev., Gotta Dance, The Sting, and Millions. Bob reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Matthew Sklar is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Music). He also wrote the music for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Judas & Me, and Wicked City (American Stage Company). Matthew reunited with Elf collaborators Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Matthew received a 2015 Primetime Emmy® Award Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the critically-acclaimed NBC stop-motion animated TV special "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas", starring Jim Parsons. He adapted and arranged the music of Marvin Hamlisch for the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, seen on PBS/American Masters. Matthew has contributed original songs/music to Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!, and the NBC Broadcast of The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
As an 18-year-old freshman at New York University, Matthew began playing keyboards for the Broadway production of Les Miserables, eventually conducting the show at 21. He has also been a keyboardist, conductor, and/or arranger for many Broadway productions including Shrek, Caroline, or Change, Nine, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Putting It Together, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon. Matthew also appeared onstage as Oscar in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street.
Awards include the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award.
Matthew is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802. His music is published by Warner/Chappell Music. Matthew was educated at The Juilliard School of Music (Pre-College Division), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and New York University.
CHAD BEGUELIN is a four-time Tony Nominee whose works include Disney's Aladdin (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and Best Book) and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics). He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf, which broke several box office records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. His play HARBOR premiered off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Chad also wrote the book and lyrics for Judas & Me (NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater) and Wicked City (American Stage Company). Chad reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. Chad is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the story of Buddy the Elf! Many of you are probably familiar with Buddy’s story from the 2003 film, starring Will Ferrel, which has become a holiday classic. If you are experiencing this story for the first time, then this musical adaptation adds even more sparkle and holiday spirit into Buddy’s journey from being a North Pole elf, to joining his family, and finding happiness!
However you choose to celebrate the holidays at this time of year, the story of Buddy’s journey, and his message of kindness, love, and good cheer can speak to everyone. Buddy is the eternal child that lives in all of us and there is no better time of year to be reminded that we all need to be a bit more like Buddy – hug the people you care about, sing loudly to express your cheer, and delight in the simple joys that are all around you.
From all of us in the Elf company, we wish you the very best for this Festive Season!
Make every day SparkleJollyTwinkleJingley!!
Happy All The Time - Buddy, Ensemble
World's Greatest Dad - Buddy
In the Way - Deb, Walter, Emily, Michael, Ensemble
Sparklejollytwinklejingley - Buddy, Store Manager, Ensemble
I'll Believe in You - Michael, Emily
In the Way [Reprise] - Emily, Walter
Just Like Him - Buddy, Deb, Ensemble
A Christmas Song - Buddy, Jovie, Ensemble
World's Greatest Dad [Reprise] - Buddy
Nobody Cares About Santa - Buddy, Store Manager, Ensemble
Never Fall in Love (With an Elf) - Jovie
There Is a Santa Claus - Michael, Emily
The Story of Buddy - Buddy, Michael, Walter, Ensemble
Nobody Cares About Santa [Reprise] - Santa
A Christmas Song [Reprise] - Jovie, Buddy, Emily, Michael, Walter, Ensemble
Finale - Ensemble
Buddy Cameron Chapman
Walter Hobbs Brent Middleton
Emily Hobbs Michelle Rawlings
Michael Hobbs David Hosu
Jovie Jillian Bauer
Santa Russell Moore
Deb Jacqueline Gibney
Manager Jolene Anderson
Mr.Greenway/Fake Santa Steven Morton
Alice Maitland Bussoli
Director Mark Bellamy
Choreographer Greg Pember
Musical Director Joel Schaefer
Stage Manager Serena Lemire
Assistant Stage Manager Eric Olberg
Assistant Stage Manager Hayley Waldenberger
Assistant Stage Manager Ryan Thompson
Set Design JP Thibodeau
Property Master Maria Danshin
Lighting Design Kris Mish
Set Assistant Therese Capili
Wardrobe Design Catherine Handford
Hair Designer Cat Bentley
Make-Up Designer Melody Kielek
Sound Programming Gad Gijon
Sound Operator Aretha Smith
Sound Operator Paul Davies
Sound Operator Ross Wilson
Light Operator Jayden Durksen
Light Operator Jo Ackerman
Marketing Director & Graphic Design Jennifer Merio
Publicist Aldona Barutowicz
PR Intern Hayley Dechaine