ELF National Tour Begins at PPAC

Elf the musical comes to life at PPAC Nov. 4-10 to showcase the beloved holiday film transformed into a Broadway show.


After weeks of preparation, ELF the musical comes to life at PPAC Nov. 4-10 to showcase the beloved holiday film transformed into a Broadway show. Providence is the first stop on the national tour. We went behind the scenes to get a sneak peek at the set and meet the director and actors. Come back on Monday for a review of the musical after Sunday night's opening performance.

Your eyes will light up with holiday spirit when you first see the inside of PPAC. The way the set’s designed, you’ll feel like you stepped right into the North Pole and followed Buddy the elf all the way to New York City. Between the decorations on the side of the stage, and the gigantic skyscrapers that make the background come to life, this winter wonderland is truly magical. The crew is still hard at work perfecting the colorful set they have been designing since the end of the summer. Hundreds of props and pieces like toys and tools from Santa's workshop make this musical one of the most detailed and elaborate settings yet.

Director Sam Scalamoni describes the musical as a tribute to the Hollywood hit movie featuring recreated scenes, such as the famous breakfast bit where Buddy the elf eats spaghetti with maple syrup. One of the special effects includes Santa’s sleigh, which defies gravity in one of the final scenes. “It’s amazing the way it just lifts up in the air and floats off stage,” says Kate Hennies, who stars as Jovie in the musical.

So embrace your holiday spirit early with the heartwarming and hilarious journey of Buddy the elf in this modern-day Christmas classic for the whole family. Tickets are still available at the PPAC Box office, located at 220 Weybosset St., Providence, or online at ppacri.org and by phone at 421-2787.

ELF will have a special Family Night performance on Wed., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Theatergoers under the age of eighteen will receive a free ticket of equal value with the purchase of a full-priced ticket for the 7 p.m. performance of ELF. Please note that there is a limited number of Family Night tickets available.

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