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“Elf the Musical” Is a Modern-Day Christmas Classic


Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present the touring version of Elf the Musical, based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy Hobbs, on Nov. 12-17 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. The current national tour, produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC of Columbia, MD, will star Will Blum as Buddy, Larry Cahn as Walter, Lindsay Chambers as Jovie, Lanene Charters as Deb, Ken Clement as Santa, Larent Giroux as Mr. Greenway, Julia Louise Hosack as Emily, Noah Marlowe as Michael, and Kevyn Morrow as the Store Manager.

The tour cast also 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.

According to the North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South:

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award® nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

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. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s 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, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

The New York Times says that Elf is “a splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment!” USA Today calls Elf “endearingly goofy!” Variety proclaims, “Elf is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre present ELF THE MUSICAL at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-15 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $34.70-$105.00 (including fees).


Duke Energy Center Box Office: 919-996-8700 or (information only).

North Carolina Theatre Box Office: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944.

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-996-8707,, or

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Elf (2003 film): (official DVD page), (Wikipedia), (Internet Movie Database), and (Facebook page).

Elf the Musical (2010 Broadway musical): (official website), (official tour website), (Music Theatre International), (Wikipedia), and (Internet Broadway Database).

Matthew Sklar (music): (Wikipedia).

Chad Beguelin (lyrics): (Wikipedia).

Bob Martin (book): (Wikipedia).

Thomas Meehan (book): (Wikipedia).

NETworks Presentations, LLC (producer): (official website).


Robert W. McDowell has written articles for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, CVNC, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment, all based in Raleigh. He edits and publishes two FREE weekly e-mail newsletters. Triangle Review provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of local performing-arts events. (Start your FREE subscription by e-mailing and typing SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) McDowell also maintains a FREE list of movie sneak previews. (To subscribe, e-mail and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.)

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