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Stage plays have dealt with adoption in many ways over the years. From the gut-wrenching moments of Miss Saigon to the warm-hearted scenes in Annie, audiences have enjoyed many stories with adoption as a major plot point. Now, a new stage adaptation of popular film brings holiday cheer amidst the tale of one man seeking his birth father: Elf The Musical.
Elf, the Musical will be making its area premiere playing in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, from November 16 through December 15. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
"I was thrilled and honored when the licensing company offered us a chance to produce Elf before any other theatre in the area," said Curtain Call executive director and producer for the show. "It is such a great, feel-good musical with an amazingly catchy score, plus, it has the story so many of us love from the hit movie," Ursone added.
In Elf, 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. As Buddy encounters skeptics and scrooges, he realizes that his greater purpose is to bring back the holiday spirit! It will take every elfish trick he knows, maybe a miracle, and a lot of holiday cheer for his plan to work.
Directing this production is Curtain Call veteran, Lauren Nicole Sherwood, who said, "Elf is one of the most cleverly adapted musicals from screen to stage - they took all the best parts of the movie and gave it a big, classic Broadway makeover. It is filled will showstopping numbers and silly elf antics, but underneath it all it has a giant heart!"
Sherwood is joined by her husband, Matt Blank as choreographer and Zach Kampler as music director. Costume design is by Christine Mallardi with set design by Peter Barbieri, Jr., and lighting design by Peter Petrino. "I've known Lauren for more than 20 years, and can't think of a better person to helm this wonderful family musical," Ursone said. " I always love returning to Curtain Call, in any capacity. It is the theatre that I grew up in and it's the reason I went into theatre as a career," said Sherwood.
The cast of 38 includes: Seth Barkan, Laura Blackwell, Monica Castillo, Jenna Colavito, Joe Colavito, Bruce Crilly, Sabatino Cruz, Abigail Hubbard Darin, Belle DeFala, Nicole R. DeSalvo, Andy Dooley, Jennifer Faccenda, Nicholas Ferreira, Eli Foodman, Madeline Galgano, Robert Geils, Griffin Handley, Willow Handley, Kevin R Kiley, Christina Kampler, Michael Kraus, Jacob Litt, Kaitlynd Lofaro, Nikki Monahan, Leah Murray, Sean Pultz, Brooke Rennie, Dany Rousseau, Femi Shabs, Sydney Sibilia, Chloe Simner, Olivia Simner, Amelia Stone, Jessie Tarzia, Dan Travers, Meredith Walker and Katelyn Wilson. Ursone and Sherwood both sing high praise of this cast and are looking forward to having audiences see their work. "We really got lucky in auditions to be surrounded by so many extremely talented performers. Every member of this cast is being challenged to go even bigger and it is making them even better! I couldn't have asked for a better group," said Sherwood.
Contact Name: Box Office
Contact Email: Boxoffice@curtaincallinc.com
Contact Phone: 203-461-6358
$35 for Adults
$25 for Senior Citizens - 62 and up
$17.50 for children up to 21
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