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Elf The Musical Enchants This Holiday Season

The cast of Elf The Musical at Northport’s Engeman Theater. Photo by Michael DeCristofaro.

There’s nothing like great music, good cheer, and holiday lights to put you in the mood for the holidays. Elf The Musical simply enchants audiences of all ages at Northport’s Engeman Theater this holiday season. If you haven’t seen it yet, the show is hilarious and even the grinch amongst us will enjoy it and be uplifted. Now through December 30, 2018, you can see performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. There are some Wednesday and Sunday evenings as well as weekday matinees. Tickets are $78 on Saturday evenings and for all matinee performances, $73 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at www.EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.

Everyone already knows and loves the movie version. Elf The Musical tells the same funny tale of Buddy the elf, played by ERIK GRATTON (NY Theater: Elf at Madison Square Garden (Buddy); Regional Theater: The Foreigner – Village Theatre, Mr Burns – ACT Theatre; TV: “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “GRIMM,” “All My Children”). Buddy is a young orphan child who was mistakenly transported to the North Pole. As a grown-up elft, he travels to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity. In the end, he helps New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas. What’s most enchanting about Buddy is that his child-like innocence and wonder is still intact as an adult. No one wants to believe in Santa anymore and the magic of Christmas is being lost in modern Manhattan (something we can all relate to).

Elf is produced by RICHARD DOLCE the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director and directed by MATT KUNKEL (Regional: A Celebration of Muny 100 and An Evening with the Stars – St. Louis Muny; associate credits include Candide – Carnegie Hall, Elf the Musical – Madison Square Garden, and Thoroughly Modern Millie – Actors Fund Reunion Concert). The Choreographer is MARA NEWBERRY GREER (Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh CLO, Lexington Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Chautaqua Opera, Front Porch Theatricals, 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards). The Musical Director is CHARLIE REUTER (Regional: The Prince of Egypt – Tuacahn; Cinderella – National Tour; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – The Old Globe).

The cast of Elf also features CAITLIN GALLOGLY as Jovie (Off-Broadway: On a Clear Day – Irish Rep; TV: “South Park,” (Princess Kenny), “Silicon Valley” (Kim), “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Future Man,” “The Mindy Project,” “Masters of Sex”); JOE GATELY as Walter Hobbs (NYC Theater: Babes in Arms – Musicals Tonight, Triangle – 59E59, The Disappeared – Prospect Theater; Select Regional Theater: Mamma Mia! – Finger Lakes, Guys and Dolls – Maine State, Women in Jeopardy – Pioneer Theatre, Elf the Musical – Fulton Theatre, Saturday Night Fever – Gateway/Ogunquit); and CHRISTIANNE TISDALE as Emily Hobbs (Engeman Theater: 42nd Street, Lend Me a Tenor; Broadway/First Nat’l/West End/Toronto: Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, On a Clear Day (Revival), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary), Titanic, One Touch of Venus, Sousatska; TV: “30 Rock,” “David Letterman,” “Law & Order,” “Wallflowers”). GORDON GRAY plays Santa, ZACHARY PODAIR is Michael Hobbs and RANDY DONALDSON performs as the the Store Manager.

The ensemble includes: ANDREW AARON BERLIN, KIERAN BROWN, TIGER BROWN, SOPHIA DEERY, LAUREN GOBES, NICOLE HALE, AJ LOCKHART, HALLE MASTROBERARDINO, JACOB MELSSEN, DANIELLE NIGRO, TREVOR MICHAEL SCHMIDT, MATTHEW VARVAR, and RICHARD B. WATSON.

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