'Elf the Musical' comes to the Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

MESA, Ariz. -- Just in time for the holidays, the Mesa Arts Center is putting on a production that the whole family can enjoy.

The 2014-15 Broadway on Center Series is bringing the national touring Broadway production Elf the Musical to the Mesa Arts Center. It's a hilarious Christmas favorite based on the 2003 hit movie, "Elf."

Performances will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Mesa Arts Center Box Office. Find them by visiting mesaartscenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we had some visitors from the production stop by 3TV. Eric Williams, who plays Buddy the Elf, and Tyler Altomarri, who plays "Michael," stopped by for some holiday cookie baking. They also filled is in on what folks going to the production can expect.

"The way that the writers made the show, it honors every part of the movie that people love," says Williams. "So we just go to have as much fun as possible, and then do what the writers created and make it just an incredible show."

In the movie, there is a well-known scene where Buddy the Elf is having dinner with his recently-found family, and he asks for maple syrup to add to his spaghetti. We asked the actors if they really eat spaghetti and syrup on stage every night. They admitted that they do!

Mesa Arts Center's Ikeda Theatre
One E. Main Street, Mesa.
Tickets are $40 to $80.
Info: 480-644-6500
Visit: MesaArtsCenter.com