The Music Hall and the Ogunquit Playhouse are presenting "Elf The Musical," on stage through December 16 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Based on the beloved film, Elf The Musical 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 and raised as one of Santa’s elves. Eventually Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to embark 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. For tickets visit www.themusichall.org or call The Music Hall Box Office 603-436-2400.
The Ogunquit Playhouse production is helmed by Broadway director/choreographer Connor Gallagher and features an all-new set designed exclusively for the Ogunquit production at The Music Hall by acclaimed scenic designer Jason Sherwood. Leading the professional cast are New York and Broadway veterans Steven Booth as Buddy the Elf, Diana Huey as Jovie, Jen Cody as Deb, Lothair Eaton as the Macy’s Manager, Annie Edgerton as Emily Hobbs, Blake Hammond as Santa, Philip Paul Kelly as Mr. Greenway, and Christopher Russo as Walter Hobbs. The role of Michael will be played by Calvin Middleton.
The ensemble of Elf The Musical includes Zach Eisenberg, Dale Elston, Majorie Failoni, Jill Gittleman, Michael John Hughes, Sarah Kawalek, Emily Larger, Lily Lewis, Katie Lombardo, Eric Jon Mahlum, Frankie Paparone, and Justin White.
Completing the cast as Santa’s troupe of Elves are Ana Adams, Delaney Baldwin, Vienna Cardinali, Riley Chase, Maddie Clark, Acadia Dugas, Ginger Friedman, Stella Hemsath, Rachel Hubacz, John Henry Lenzen, Paige Martino, Bexley Parkington, Mollie Pedersen, Delaney Roache, Cameron Stanton, Lexi Stockwell, and Ben Tedcastle.
Steven Booth stars as Buddy. Mr. Booth recently starred as Charlie in the first National Tour of Kinky Boots, and as Richie in the first National Tour of Happy Days. On Broadway he has performed in School of Rock, Glory Days, and Avenue Q, and for regional theatres has performed in the Signature Theatre’s production of Glory Days, Avenue Q at the Wynn Las Vegas Theatre, Capitol Repertory’s Edges, North Shore Music Theatre’s Three Musketeers, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Pippin.
Diana Huey co-stars as Jovie. Ms. Huey most recently starred in the first National Tour of The Little Mermaid as Ariel. She has performed in numerous New York and Regional productions including Girlstar, Jasper in Deadland, James and the Giant Peach, Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog, Rent, Mame, and Signature Theatre’s Miss Saigon for which she won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.