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'Elf' musical, based on Will Ferrell movie, gets Broadway holiday run

June 30, 2010 |  6:20 pm


We were hoping for "Bad Santa: The Musical," but in the meantime, this will have to do.

Organizers said Wednesday that "Elf," a new stage musical based on the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy, will open at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre for a limited holiday engagement. The new production is set to run from Nov. 10 to Jan. 2.

No casting has been announced for the show, but Tony-nominated Casey Nicholaw will direct and choreograph the show. Nicholaw recently directed "The Drowsy Chaperone" and choreographed "Monty Python's Spamalot." He also staged the musical "Minsky's" at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre in 2009.

Before working on "Elf," Nicholaw will stage the new musical "Robin and the 7 Hoods" at the Old Globe in San Diego.

"Elf" is being produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features. The original film, directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum, was released in the U.S. by New Line Cinema, which became a subsidiary of Time Warner.

The Broadway stage version will feature songs by Tony-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony-winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

The story follows the life of a human boy who is raised at Santa's workshop as an elf. As an adult, and still unaware of his human status, he travels to New York to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

-- David Ng

Photo: Will Ferrell in a scene from the movie "Elf." Credit: Alan Markfield / New Line Productions