It is the season to pencil in that date and time to "discover your inner elf." The Miami Adrienne Arsht
Center is here for you this holiday season by offering evening and matinee showings of Elf: The Musical at the Ziff Ballet
Opera House during its 2nd North American Tour. The holiday musical runs Tuesday, December 31 to Sunday, January 5! Prior
to ice skating and eating an entire roll of Tollhouse cookie-dough, spend the two hours you would have spent making snow angels
with your friends and/or family (if you were not in Miami) at a showing of Elf.The schedule is Tuesday, December 31, 7:00
PM; Wednesday, January 1- Friday, January 3, 8:00 PM; Saturday, January 4, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sunday, January 5, 1:00 PM
and 7:00 PM. The current tour runs from November 5, 2013, starting in Peoria, IL and closes in Miami on January 5. The musical
previously ran on Broadway during the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 Christmas season and traveled North America on its 2012 tour.
Elf also premiered in Canada and had a separate production in Seattle during the Christmas season 2012-2013.
The Musical is adapted from the 2003 popular American film Elf, starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner and
Zooey Deschanel. Elf is a charming tale of a young orphaned boy named William "Buddy" Hobbs (Buddy), who crawled into the
toy bag of Santa and was inadvertently taken back to the North Pole. Despite being human, Buddy did not initially realize
that he is not an elf like all the others. As he grew well beyond the typical elfin size and wondered why he was the only
elf not adept at making holiday toys, Buddy discovered his human being. Buddy's curiosity to meet his biological father took
him to New York. After finding his father, Buddy is flabbergasted to learn that his father and many of his humankind living
in New York do not believe in Santa Clause. This disbelief is problematic due to the Santa relying on belief in him to power
his sleigh to deliver presents. What is more upsetting to Buddy is that his father is on Santa's naughty list and his younger
brother does not believe in Santa Clause. Having been raised as an Elf by his father Clause and a good sense of naughty and
nice, Buddy is determined to show his disbelieving family and its fellow cynical New Yorkers the truth about Christmas.
There are interesting differences between the motion picture and the musical. Santa Clause is the narrator
of the Broadway production and not Papa Elf as in the motion picture. In order cast actors of diverse ages, the musical is
set to have happened three years earlier instead of the 30 years prior in the film.
While receiving mixed reviews from
critics, Elf: The Musical broke records at the Hirschfeld box office by grossing over a million dollars in one week. According
to a New York Times review, "A small but dedicated cadre of Santa's tireless helpers are manufacturing splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled
holiday entertainments destined for Broadway."
The enthusiastic 2nd tour cast consists of Matt Kopec
(Buddy), Tyler Altomari (Michael), Jacqueline Grabois (Deb), Gordon Gray (Santa), Kate Hennies (Jovie), Jane Bruce (Emily),
Kevin Rockower (Mr. Greenway), Matthew Alan Smith (Walter), Clyde Voce (Store Manager). Reminding audiences about the importance
of holiday spirit as Buddy the Elf, Kopec has performed in the following national tours: Disney's Beauty and the Beast and
All Shook Up. Prior to moving to New York, Kopec spent eight months travelling the world like Santa bringing song and dance
to passengers on the Regent Severn Seas cruises. Performing the role as Santa, the former professor of Theatre at Barnard
College has performed in numerous Broadway musical tours: Sound of Music, Cabaret and Oklahoma. Unlike the cast's seasoned
Santa, Altomari is excited to be on his first tour. He has previously been seen in Oliver, Bye Bye Birdie and Miracle on 43th
Street. Along with Altomari, Bruce is making her touring debut. Bruce has previously performed in Little Women, Bat Boy and
Beyond the Rainbow. Grabois is not new to the national and international touring scene, having performed in the tours of Avenue
Q (nominated for a Helen Hayes Award), Hairspray and Shout! The Mad Musical. Playing Buddy's love interest, Jovie, Kate is
credited for Drowsy Chaperone, Biloxi Blues and Shape of Things. Rockower is an experienced opera singer and actor, having
performed in La Bohème, La Traviata and lolanta and off-off Broadway productions. Smith is appearing in his first tour
and is credited for Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Grey Gardens and Guys and Dolls. While not new to the Elf tour, Voce has performed
in Guys and Dolls, Dreamgirls, Barnstormer and My Fair Lady. The leading cast members are joined by an equally entertaining
Presenting a prestigious creative team led by Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan
(The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
(The Wedding Singer), director Sam Scalamoni and choreographer Connor Gallagher, Elf is an enjoyable holiday Broadway musical.
The creative team also includes: Christine Peters (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Paul Miller (Lighting Designer),
Shannon Slaton (Sound Designer), Bernie Ardia (Hair and Wig Design), John Mezzio (Music Supervisor/Coordinator), Alan J. Plado
(Music Director), Nancy Renee Braun (Associate Choreographer) The musical is produced by Kary M. Walker (Executive Producer)
and Angela Rowles (Associate Producer/General Manager). Walker is a Vietnam Veteran who has produced over 150 shows in more
than 40 years. The collaboration of such an experienced and creative producers, audiences will remember discovering their
inner elf for years to come on stage at the Ziff Ballet Opera House in Miami.