Cast

Cast

ERIK GRATTON
Buddy
Seeing the world through Buddy's eyes every day is the happiest way to spend the holiday season. New York: As You Like It (Rosalind, dir Moritz von Stuelpnagel); The Devil and Tom Walker (Tom, Metropolitan Playhouse); Scapin (Sylvestre, New York Classical Theatre). Regional: The Foreigner (Charlie, dir Brian Yorkey, Village Theatre); Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Matt/Homer Simpson, ACT, Seattle). TV: “Grimm”, “All My Children”. Other favorite roles: Shrek, Hamlet, Dromio, Prince Hal, Jacob Marley, Billy Pilgrim, VP Panch and Wilbur the Pig. “Love to Krista and to family in KC, LA, Seattle.”
GEORGE WENDT
Santa
Stage and screen actor. Best known for his role as Norm Peterson in the successful sitcom “Cheers” during the show’s 11-year run. He made numerous appearances in “Saturday Night Live,” first appearing in 1985. TV: “Sabrina the Teenage Witch;” “Modern Men;” “House of Dreams;” “Madigan Men;” “Becker;” “The Tortellis;” “Frasier;” “Wings;” “St. Elsewhere;” “The Simpsons” “Somewhere in Time;” “Taxi;” “Soap;” “M*A*S*H.” Stage: Broadway revival of Hairspray (Edna Turnblad); The Fabulous Lipitone; Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story; Death of a Salesman; and the Broadway premier of Elf The Musical (Santa). Second City alumni. Graduate of Rockhurst College.
BERNARD DOTSON
Store Manager
B’way: Finian's Rainbow, (First Gospeleer, Original Revival Cast), Chicago, (Billy Flynn), Imaginary Friends, (Leo, Original Cast), Sweet Smell Of Success (Club Zanzibar Singer, Original Cast), Jesus Christ Superstar, (Original Revival Cast), and the Tony® Award winning Musical Ragtime, (Original Cast). With a host of Regional, National, and International Tours, Bernard can also be heard singing on 6 cast recordings and received multiple nominations in the east and west coasts for his one man show "Unexpected Songs". “Two is best!!” BernardDotson.com
CYNTHIA FERRER
Emily
Cynthia has played leading roles in three national tours, over one-hundred musicals, and appeared on stage in almost every major theatre in the U.S.; working alongside Carol Burnett, Buddy Ebsen, Vicki Lawrence, Yvonne DeCarlo, Michael Feinstein, the Nicholas Brothers, Onna White, and Tommy Tune. Film/TV: worked with Garry Marshall, Julia Roberts, Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Garner, appearing in “Mother’s Day,” “Valentines Day,” “Georgia Rule,” “Cougartown,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Judging Amy,” Port Charles” and “General Hospital. Following Elf Cynthia will be directing Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase in Los Angeles.
VERONICA J. KUEHN
Jovie
is thrilled to be returning to Elf, where she last played Jovie on the National Tour in 2015. Veronica was most recently seen in the The Old Globe/Asolo Repertory Theater’s co-productions of Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide). B’way: Xanadu, MAMMA MIA!. Off B’way: Avenue Q, Clinton The Musical, both at New World Stages. Regional: The York Theatre, MSMT, The Eugene O'Neill, New Repertory Theatre and Lyric Stage Co. Veronica has soloed at Boston Symphony Hall with the Pops (conductor, Keith Lockhart). BFA from the Boston Conservatory. Original Cast Album of Clinton The Musical. @veronicajkuehn
TREY MIDDLETON
Michael Hobbs
Trey is so excited to be joining the incredible cast of Elf the Musical! He made his Broadway debut in Matilda the Musical in which he also performed across the country in the First National Tour. From Hilton Head Island, SC, when he is not onstage, he plays soccer, baseball and golf. He is extremely grateful to Mara Entertainment and Innovative Artists for believing in him. Thank you to friends and HHP teachers for your support and a big thank you to Deborah Abramson. Love to Dad, Mom, Natalie, Cal, Sam, Nonna, Grampy, Aunts, Uncles and all of the cousins plus the one on the way!
RUTH PFERDEHIRT
Deb
Ruth loves spreading Christmas joy! Nat’l Tour: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Regional: Johnny Manhattan (Meadowbrook Playhouse), Gypsy (Pittsburgh CLO), The Importance of Being Earnest (Flatrock Playhouse), Noises Off and One Man, Two Guvnors (St. Louis Rep), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Hello, Dolly! and The Producers (St. Louis MUNY); Finding Nemo: The Musical (Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom). Also notable- Ruth's stage debut as Baby Jesus in The Nativity (Reba Place Church). “Love and thanks to the Pferds and Michael.” BFA University of Michigan Ruthpf.com.
CHRISTOPHER RUSSO
Walter Hobbs
B’way: The Grapes of Wrath (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Meet Me in St. Louis. Nat’l Tours: Wicked, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Singin’ in the Rain. Other Theatre: Ballad Of Little Jo, A Few Good Men, Forest Boy, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Frauleins in Underwear. Created roles in Petty Treasons and Pirates at the Road Theatre Company in LA. Film: The Manchurian Candidate, Limbo. TV: “Quantico”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “The Grapes of Wrath” (American Playhouse), “North and South”, “Baywatch Hawaii”.
DANNY RUTIGLIANO
Mr. Greenway, u/s Walter Hobbs
Danny portrayed this role in 2015 Nat’l tour. B’way: The Lion King (original B’way, LA casts, Ovation Award), Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday, ...Whorehouse Goes Public, and Holiday Inn (PBS Great Performances, Nov. 2017). Nat’l tours: How to Succeed...., Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Schpeel. Numerous Off-B’way including five productions for Encores!, notably title role in Fiorello! TV: “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “HAPPYish”, all the “Law & Orders”, “Without a Trace”, “My Big Fat Greek Life”, others. Film: The Producers, Goodfellas, Dumbo II. Recently completed lab of B’way bound Beetlejuice. dannyrutigliano.com
DARREN BIGGART
Swing, Assistant Stage Manager
Nat'l Tour: Elf. NYC: NY City Center, MSG, Prospect Theatre, NYMF, Lincoln Center. Regional: Kennedy Center, MUNY, PCLO, Northern Stage. Creative Director: Idina Menzel’s World Tour, A BroaderWay Foundation. Founding Producer: Encores! Off-Center. Director/Choreographer: Pace University, Plymouth State University, BDC, Steps. BFA: UMich.
ALLYSON CARR
Ensemble
Allyson was proud to make her Broadway Debut in Mamma Mia! Regional: Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, How to Succeed, Fame, Princesses, Cirque Di Soleil to name a few. Off Broadway: Standard Time, How to be a Man and Thin Line. Allyson has toured with artists such as P!nk and Brittney and The Rolling Stones. Next project is a movie with Rebel Wilson called Isn’t it Romantic. Ally would like to thank her family for their support always. She is excited to join this amazing company and make this story come to life. Love and Peace
ALLYSON KAYE DANIEL
Ensemble, Mrs. Claus, u/s Deb
Allyson is delighted to join the Sparkle Jolly Tour of Elf! Originally from Washington, DC she attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the arts and went on to attain a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State. Favorite credits include Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, Miss Jones in How to Succeed.., Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, Church Soloist in The Color Purple, and Bird Girl in Seussical: The Musical!
PAUL IANNIELLO
Charlie, Matthews, Policeman, u/s Buddy
Paul is on a never ending sugar rush returning to Christmastown this Holiday Season. Favorite Color: Blue. Favorite Elves: Brayden, Hailey, and Ryan. Favorite credits: Elf the Musical! (1st National Tour), All Shook Up (St Louis MUNY) and First Date (Blumenthal PAC). Santa sized hugs to Sam, Connor, Nancy, Nate, Casting, Cast and Crew for this snow on Christmas morning experience. Special thanks to WAM, CTG, Nagel, Mindy, Don and Paudra. This and every performance is for his family. @paulianniello
CHANDON JONES
Swing, Dance Captain
Chandon is thrilled to once again spread Christmas cheer this holiday season with the National Tour of Elf! Touring Companies: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Babette/Dance Captain/Swing). Favorites: Singin’ in the Rain (Zelda Zanders) at Gateway Playhouse and High School Musical 2 (Violet) at North Carolina Theatre. Graduate of Elon University.
DREW KING
Swing, Assistant Dance Captain
Drew is a Fordham University graduate and Massachusetts native. He is thrilled to be returning to Elf! Broadway: On the Twentieth Century (Porter). Encores!: On Your Toes. Regional: Goodspeed Opera, Paper Mill, Kennedy Center, Ogunquit Playhouse. Many thanks to Sam, Connor, Nancy, Nate, and all my teachers. For my beautiful family! 
ANDREW KRUEP
Ensemble
is elated to be back in Christmastown! Off Broadway: Big River (NYCC Encores!) Tour: Elf (Kennedy Center, MSG), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (MSG), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Regional: NSMT, The Fulton, Stages STL, Northern Stage, and the Joyce Soho. Thanks to Sam and Connor! Also to CLA, and friends/family for all their support.
EMILY LARGER
Ensemble, Tequila, Macy’s Sales Woman, Charlotte Dennon, u/s Emily Hobbs
NY/National Tours: Elf the Musical, (Kennedy Center, MSG); The 39 Steps (Annabella/Pamela/Margaret); Cabaret (Rosie); The Runaway Clone- NYMF (Margot). Regional: Evita (Eva Peron), Hairspray (FAF, Velma u/s), A New Brain (Lisa). Love to her family for supporting her wild dreams! emilylarger.com
ERIC JON MAHLUM
Ensemble, Chadwick, Fake Santa, u/s Santa, u/s Store Manager, u/s Mr. Greenway
Broadway: Wicked (Witch's Father/Ozian Official). National Tours: Newsies, Young Frankenstein, Joseph...Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz. Favorite Regional: Les Misérables (Javert, Sierra Repertory Theatre), Les Misérables (Thenardier, Skylight Music Theatre), Mame (Mr. Upson/Uncle Jeff, Goodspeed Opera House), Ragtime (Henry Ford, Barrington Stage), A Little Night Music (Mr. Erlanson, The Arden Theatre), Ghost (Hospital Ghost, Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival), Titanic (Frederick Barrett, Fireside Theatre), Kismet (The Poet, Opera Kansas). ericjonmahlum.com
FRANKIE PAPARONE
Ensemble, Sam, Policeman
Broadway: Shrek (White Rabbit). International: Fame. Select Regional: Hello Dolly! (Goodspeed), Mamma Mia! (Ogunquit Playhouse), High School Musical (MUNY), My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Spamalot (Geva Theatre), Godspell (Syracuse Stage) and Legally Blonde (NSMT). BFA Syracuse University. Thanks Connor, Nancy, and Sam for this opportunity. For Mom, Dad, and Robbie.
EMILY JEANNE PHILLIPS
Ensemble
National Tours: Elf the Musical. Off-Broadway: Attack of the Elvis Impersonators. Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Fulton Opera House and more! Thank you to Gregg Baker, Stewart/Whitley, Sam, Connor, and Nancy! Love to Dad and Becca! emilyjeannephillips.com
SHAUN REPETTO
Ensemble, Security Guard
Shaun is thrilled to be back with Elf The Musical! NY: Propaganda! The Musical (Ensemble). Tours: Elf 1st National (Ensemble), West Side Story (Swing). Regional: The Little Mermaid (u/s Flounder), All Shook Up (u/s Dennis), Memphis, Young Frankenstein. BFA, University of Arizona. Thank you to Matthew, Mom, Dad and Brian for the constant love and support. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
BENJAMIN RIVERA
Ensemble, Security Guard
Benjamin Rivera graduated from Oklahoma City University. Following graduation he performed on Disney Cruise Lines as Swing/ Dance Captain. He has also performed on the National Tours of The Bodyguard (Dance Captain/Ensemble), Dirty Dancing (Swing), Elf (Ensemble) and Anything Goes (Swing). He has also danced on Netflix Original Series The "Get Down" and on "Saturday Night Live". benjamindouglasrivera.com
WYATT ROGERS
Boy, u/s Michael Hobbs
Credits include: Part of the Plan, Original Musical World Premiere (Young Sean); Elf The Musical, National Broadway Tour (Michael), Gypsy, StudioTenn (Ensemble); Wizard of Oz, StudioTenn (Mayor of Munchkin Land); Bonnie & Clyde, Boiler Room (Little Clyde). He is 12 years old. Thanks to his family and friends for supporting him, Apex Talent Group, Stewart Whitley and NETworks for believing in him, and Bridget Berger, Ron Browning, Ryan Greenawalt and Cori Laemmel for mentoring him.
MORGAN ROSE
Ensemble
Broadway: School of Rock. Off-Broadway: Dear Edwina. National Tours: Evita (Revival 1st Nat’l), Shrek the Musical (1st Nat’l). Favorite regional: Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage Co.), A Chorus Line (Maine State Music Theatre), Funny Girl (Westchester Broadway). BFA MT FSU! Proud AEA member. For Dustin. All my love to Mom, Dad, Trey and Stella.
EMILY GRACE TUCKER
Ensemble, u/s Jovie
Emily is grateful to be on her first national tour! Shrek (Fiona), Tangled the Musical (Rapunzel), Crazy for You (Polly Baker), La Cage (Goodspeed Opera House), Cats (Jennyanydots), Twice Charmed (Cinderella). Thank you to The Mine, Terrific Talent, Andrea Zee, and the entire creative team. For Mom. @emilygracetucker
KEN CLEMENT
Santa (u/s)
Ken is quite jolly to return to Elf for a fifth season! Regional: West Side Story; The Tin Woman; Moon Over Buffalo; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Killer Joe; Glengarry…; 1776; Anna in the Tropics; A Funny Thing…Forum; Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; Faith Healer; CHICAGO; The Seafarer; The Diary of a Madman; Mack and Mabel; The Lt. of Inishmore. Nat’l Tour: Oliver! TV: “Burn Notice” “The Glades,” “Magic City.” Film: “Sex Drive,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Catastropico,” “Pain and Gain.”