Licensing Company: MTI
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 2012 Broadway Revival.
This show is orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Key 3 chair. There are 3 keyboard players all with programming.
Keyboard 1 requires an advanced player and is the primary piano book. There are many sounds and patch changes in the programming which provide orchestral padding to the live players. Some of the patches include harp, celeste, horns, organ, strings, piano, banjo, and the ever famous “skating rink organ”.
Keyboard 2 is primarily a string reduction book but does have several other patches throughout although not as many as most Keyboard 2 books in the modern musical theater canon. Like Keyboard 1, most of these sounds consist of orchestral instruments such as orchestral percussion, celete, accordion, and don’t forget the “Electric Harpsichord” patch. There are many patch changes in this book so an experienced player comfortable with keyboard programming would be helpful.
As mentioned, Key 3 is the Conductor chair with some light programming. Some of the patches in this book include orchestral percussion, harp, and brass. There is no piano in this book as this chair is primarily conducting the orchestra.
ORIGINAL KEYBOARD PROGRAMMER
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Music by: Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin
Book by: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Based upon the New Line Cinema Film written by David Berenbaum
Musical Director: Phil Reno
Music orchestrated by: Doug Besterman
Dance arrangements by: David Chase
Vocal arrangements by: Phil Reno
Conducted by: Phil Reno
Associate Conductor: Mat Eisenstein
Keyboard 1: Mat Eisenstein
Keyboard 2: Sue Anschutz
Keyboard 3: Phil Reno
Concert Master: Rick Dolan
Violin: Belinda Whitney
Cello: Sarah Hewitt-Roth
Bass: Michael Kuennen
Woodwinds: Tom Murray, Rick Heckman and Frank Santagata
Trumpet: Craig Johnson and Scott Harrell
Trombone: Larry Farrell and Joe Barati
Percussion: Charles Descarfino
Drums: Perry Cavari
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his 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 and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
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