The musical adaptation of Elf is set to return to Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a limited engagement during the holiday season. Featuring music by Matthew Sklar, a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, the production will run November 9 through January 6, 2013. Casey Nicholaw is set to direct. Casting will be announced shortly.
Based on the 2003 film of the same name, Elf is the story of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Raised among Santa's elves, Buddy is unaware that he’s actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. To find his true identity, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City.
Elf originally opened on November 14, 2010 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. The production played a nine-week holiday engagement starring Sebastian Arcelus as Buddy, Amy Spanger as Jovie, Beth Leavel as Emily, Matthew Gumley as Michael, Marc Jacoby as Walter and George Wendt as Santa.
The Elf creative team will include scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Gregg Barnes, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. The production will also feature orchestrations by Doug Besterman, hair and wig design by Josh Marquette and projection design by Zachary Borovay.