STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of ELF THE MUSICAL!
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures in association with Unique Features and Jujamcyn Theaters will present ELF, starring Tony® Award winner Beth Leavel (Emily), Tony® Award nominee Mark Jacoby (Walter), Valerie Wright (Deb), Adam Heller (Mr. Greenway) and Michael Mandell (Store Manager). Leavel, Jacoby, Wright and Mandell are reprising the roles they originated in the 2010 production of ELF.
Check out the recently released commercial for the show below and meet the cast with videos of them from past productions and roles!
ELF returns to Broadway this holiday season at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). Performances began on Friday, November 9, 2012. The production will play a limited engagement of 9 weeks for the holiday season through Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit which starred Will Ferrell in the title role, ELF features a score by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (Music) and Chad Beguelin (Lyrics) with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). ELF is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Monty Python’s Spamalot).
Wayne Knight (Santa) has one of the most recognizable faces in television and film, having starred in both comedies and dramas alike. Knight is perhaps most well-known for his legendary role as Newman on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” or Dennis Nedry in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park. His career spans three decades beginning with a three year run on Broadway in Gemini. On television, Knight was a series regular on the hit show “3rd Rock From the Sun” playing Officer Don Orville. He can currently be seen as Haskell on the TV Land sitcom “The Exes” as well as Rick, the lascivious neighbor, a recurring role on TV Land’s first original sitcom, “Hot In Cleveland.”
BETH LEAVEL (Emily) Beth received Tony, Drama Desk, NY Outer Critics Circle and L.A. Drama Critics Awards for her performance as the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone. Beth also received a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nomination for her role as Florence Greenberg in Baby It’s You. She recently performed the roles of Sally Adams in Call Me Madam at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias at the North Carolina Theatre and the much put upon maid, Berthe, in Boeing-Boeing at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Other Broadway roles Emily in Elf, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy For You, Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War,Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat, and Anytime Annie (her Broadway debut) in 42nd Street. Ms. Leavel was also seen in New York City Center Encores! production of No, No, Nanette as Lucille. Numerous Off-Broadway, regional theatre, commercials, and TV, including the final episode of ER. MFA from UNC-G. Proud mom to T.J. and Sam. Grateful to my boys @ BRS.
Mark Jacoby (Walter) Most recently: Dean Warfield, The Nutty Professor (World Premiere); The Wizard of Oz, Wicked (1st National Tour). Broadway: original Father, Ragtime; Gaylord Ravenal, Showboat (Tony and Outer Critics' nominations); The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera; Baron von Gaigern, Grand Hotel; Vittorio Vidal, Sweet Charity (Theatre World Award); The Padre, Man of La Mancha; Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd. Off-Broadway: The Playwright, Enter the Guardsman (Drama Desk nomination). Regional: Peter Dummermut, The Visit (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes nomination); Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Walnut Street Theatre, Barrymore Award); Guido Contini, Nine (Joseph Jefferson Award).
Valerie Wright (Deb) Valerie has originated the Broadway companies of Elf, Song And Dance, Steel Pier and Annie Get Your Gun. Other Broadway credits include Cats, Sally Marr And Her Escorts and Damn Yankees. Off Broadway includes Showing Off, The World Goes 'Round and Wanda's World. Some favorite regional credits are Noises Off at Dorset Theater Festival On The Town at Arena Stage, Pajama Game and Redhead, both at Goodspeed Opera House, Three at the Ahmanson Theater, Peter Pan at The Muny and Sweet Charity, Barrington Stage Co. National Tours include Hello Dolly, Song And Dance, The World Goes 'Round (Jefferson award, Helen Hayes nomination) and Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes nomination). Films and TV includesSleepless In Seattle, Ordinary Heroes, You Look Just Like Him and “All My Children.” Valerie has appeared in Concert with Marvin Hamlisch and wrote the music and lyrics to a children's album entitled Green Beans On The Floor.
Adam Heller (Mr. Greenway) Broadway: Baby It's You; Caroline,or Change; A Class Act; Victor/Victoria; Les Miserables. Off Broadway: Make Me a Song; The Immigrant; Endgame; Merrily We Roll Along; Normal. National Tours: Titanic; Falsettos. Regional: Call Me Madam (Oklahoma Lyric); Robin and the 7 Hoods (Old Globe); My Name is Asher Lev (Arden, Round House, DTC); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Goodspeed); End Days (Vineyard Playhouse); Party Come Here (Williamstown); Ragtime (Sacramento); Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center); Dancing in the Dark (Old Globe); No Way to Treat a Lady (Barrington Stage); March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Hartford Stage); Art (Hartford Theaterworks);Dinner With Friends (Coconut Grove); American Vaudeville (Alley). Film: Random Unrelated Projects; Shadayim; Isn't She Great; Off the Menu The Last Days of Chasen's. TV: “Law & Order” (all); “The Sopranos;” “Oz;” “Submissions Only;” “Queens Supreme.” Graduate: NYU/Tisch.
Michael Mandell (Store Manager) Broadway: Big River, A Christmas Carol. National tour: It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. Off-Broadway: Macinal, Blood Wedding, and Romance in Hard Times (NYSF), Hit the Lights (Vineyard Theatre), A New Brain (Lincoln Center Theatre), Captains Courageous (Ford Theatre), Miss Ever's Boys (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Triumph of Love (Cleveland Playhouse), The Fantastiks (Portland Center Stage), Amadeus (Denver Theater Center) and The Boys from Syracuse (Alliance Theater). National Tour: Big River. TV includes “Person of Interest,” “NYC22,” “Glee,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Ed,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Ugly Betty” and “Guiding Light.” Film includes New Year’s Eve, I Love You Philip Morris, Choose, Joe’s Apartment and Anger Management.