Casey Hushion to Helm ELF Holiday Tour; Kicks Off at PPAC in Nov.


Though hot and sunny outside, theaters across the country already are thinking towards the holidays.  As previously announced, NETworks Presentations will present a non-Equity tour of Elf The Musical, which will launch at the Providence Performing Arts Center from November 4 through November 10. Engagements will follow at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton from November 13 through November 18, Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts from November 20 through November 25, and the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall from November 27 through December 2 in Fort Myers.  The tour will end in St. Paul at the Ordway Theatre, playing from December 5 through December 30. 

BroadwayWorld has confirmed today that the tour will be directed by Casey Hushion and will feature choreographer by Callie Carter.  Hushion served as the Associate Director of the Broadway production of Elf. Additional directing credits include Fat Camp Off-Broadway, Assistant Directing In The Heights on and Off- Broadway, and Associate Directing Broadway's To Be Or Not To Be. Callie Carter served as a swing performer in the Broadway production of Elf, and has additionally appeared in the Broadway and touring productions of Monty Python's Spamalot, and served as a swing performer in the 2001 revival of 42nd Street on Broadway.

The staging and design will be based on the Broadway original, created by director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot) and his design team, including David Rockwell (scenic), Gregg Barnes (costume), Natasha Katz (lighting),  Peter Hylenski (sound), Josh Marquette (Hair), and Zachary Borovay (projection).

ELF, based on the Hollywood hit film starring Will Ferrell is an original musical that brings to life the heartwarming and hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves. Elf features a book by Tony-winning book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and the Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).

Elf musical opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway on November 14, 2010, following previews from November 2, 2010. The show played a limited engagement on Broadway through January 2, 2011.

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