Magazine article USA TODAY

Discover Your Inner "Elf"

Magazine article USA TODAY

Discover Your Inner "Elf"

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"ELF The Musical"--based on the 2003 hit movie--is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he actually is human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities ultimately force him to face the truth. With Jolly Old St. Nick's blessing, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help holiday celebrants remember their inner "elf."

The production--which runs Dec. 9-27 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden--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.

The musical "Elf" has enjoyed past Christmastime stints on Broadway, and this year's NYC run culminates its national tour, which encompasses more than 430 performances in 58 cities and over 8,000 miles traveled. …

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