Tuesday, October 29, 2013



Media Contacts:
PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org


Pittsburgh, PA – NETworks Presentations, LLC is pleased to announce casting for the Pittsburgh engagement of ELF THE MUSICAL.  The show will play November 26-December 1 at the Benedum Center.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 18.   ELF THE MUSICAL is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.


The cast will feature Matt Kopec (Buddy), Tyler Altomari (Michael), Jane Bruce (Emily), Jacqueline Grabois (Deb), Gordon Gray (Santa), Kate Hennies (Jovie), Kevin Rockower (Mr. Greenway), Matthew Alan Smith (Walter), and Clyde Voce (Store Manager).

Buddy and Jovie

The cast will also feature Austin Brannan, LilyAnn Carlson, Mara Gabrielle, Timothy Grady, Dan Higgins, Caitlin Leary, Ryan Patrick Lingle, Nick Lorenzini, Kyle McIntire, Elyse Niederee, Jacqueline Nuzzo, Lauren Palmeri, Christopher Timson, Amy Van Norstrand, and Tanner Wilson.

ELF Sparklejolly

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, 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.

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 innerELF.


The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Todaycalls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

Additional information about ELF is available at www.ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com.

The performance schedule is Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.  Tickets begin at $20 and will be available at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by visiting TrustArts.org, or by calling 412-456-4800.
 Pre-show lecture: Know The Show Before You Go, will take place on Tuesday, November 26, at 6:30pm, Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue (just around the corner from the Benedum Center) and is free and open to Broadway ticket holders.
To register: visit: http://www.trustarts.org/events/series/pnc-broadway-across-america/know-the-show-before-you-go

A leading Broadway producer and the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America.  BAA operates in 40 cities, bringing first-class touring musicals and plays to audiences across the US and Canada in markets such as Costa Mesa, Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Boston, Minneapolis and New Orleans.  As a producer, current and upcoming productions include Million Dollar Quartet, Pippin, Big Fish, Betrayal, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine and Bull Durham. BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
Principal Biographies

MATT KOPEC (Buddy). National tour: Elf The Musical (Buddy, First Nat’l), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Msr. D’Arque), All Shook Up. Regional: Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Joseph... (Butler/Levi), 42nd Street, The Full Monty(Dance Captain). Other favorites include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy); Lady, Be Good (Bertie Bassett); Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  Matt is a proud alumnus of The Muse Machine in Dayton, OH, and holds a BFA in Acting, Musical Theatre from Wright State University.

TYLER ALTOMARI (Michael) is thrilled to be on his first tour! Favorite roles: Oliver (Oliver), Bye Bye Birdie (Randolph), Miracle on 34th St (Tommy Mara). Tyler would like to thank the production team for this opportunity.

JANE BRUCE (Emily) is thrilled to be making her touring debut with the cast of Elf! Previous roles include Jo March (Little Women), Meredith Parker (Bat Boy), and Judy Garland (Beyond the Rainbow). Proud University of Michigan graduate. www.janebrucemusic.com

JACQUELINE GRABOIS (Deb) was last seen in the national/international tours of Avenue Q (Kate Monster), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle) and Shout! The Mod Musical (Red Girl). Regional: Peter Pan at Northern Stage (Mrs.Darling).Voiceovers: Stage Star Productions (Spring Awakening, The Wizard of Oz, Urinetown). Nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Avenue Q.www.jacquelinegrabois.com

GORDON GRAY (Santa) is delighted to be reprising his role of Santa in Elf for his seventh tour with NETworks. Formerly a professor of Theatre at Barnard College, he has more recently been a “road warrior,” performing in numerous tours of Broadway musicals. Favorite roles include Max in The Sound of Music, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Strauss in Titanic, and Pop Carnes in Oklahoma.  A frequent performer with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare festival, he is also coauthor and director with Isy Monk, of the one woman play and PBS teleplay “We Ain’t What We Was.”

KATE HENNIES (Jovie) spent last Christmas “falling in love with an Elf” and is thrilled to be back! BFA, Millikin University. Credits: Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Biloxi Blues (Rowena), Shape of Things (Jenny). Many thanks to Sam, Connor, and the Elfteam.  www.katehennies.com

KEVIN ROCKOWER (Mr. Greenway). Recent opera roles include Marcello (La Bohème), Germont (La Traviata), and Robert (Iolanta). Kevin has performed at Symphony Space (32nd Bloomsday on Broadway), with Opera Slavica, Regina Opera Company, and with the Gateway Classical Music Society.

Producer Biography
NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS, LLC (Producer). Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 55 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot the Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production ofWar Horse. Future productions include Memphis the Musical, We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton, and Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Photo Credit:  Joan Marcus

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