Elf the Musical to open at the Dominion Theatre
Following performances in Plymouth and Dublin in 2014, producers Michael Rose, U-Live and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin will open the 2010 Broadway musical in the West End in a production directed and choreographed by Morgan Young.
Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical is the 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.
The musical features a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. It will feature set design and costumes by Olivier Award winner Tim Goodchild, lighting design by Olivier Award winner Tim Lutkin, vocal arrangements by Phil Reno, dance arrangements by David Chase, orchestrations by Doug Besterman, video design by Ian William Galloway and sound design by Clement Rawling. Musical direction and supervision will be by Stuart Morley.
Elf the Musical originally opened on Broadway for a limited holiday engagement at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on 14 November 2010 in a production directed by Casey Nicholaw. The show broke records at the Hirschfeld box office three times, grossing over a million dollars in one week, and returned to Broadway in the 2012/13 holiday season.
Casting for the production is yet to be announced. Tickets are now on sale.