Lights up on ‘ELF,’ ‘Let Noth­ing You Dis­may’ dur­ing hol­i­days

GA Voice - - Columnists - By JIM FARMER

In a mad­cap, busy hol­i­day sea­son for theater, al­most ev­ery lo­cal com­pany has a show run­ning. Making its At­lanta de­but next week cour­tesy of Broad­way Across Amer­ica is “Elf The Mu­si­cal,” with out per­former Spencer Glass as part of its large ensem­ble.

The stage version is not much dif­fer­ent from the hit 2003 movie star­ring Will Fer­rell, in which an elf named Buddy, af­ter re­al­iz­ing he is a hu­man be­ing, leaves his adopted fam­ily at the North Pole to find his fa­ther in New York City. Casey Ni­cholaw, the out di­rec­tor who was in At­lanta re­cently with “Tuck Ev­er­last­ing,” di­rected the first Broad­way run in 2010.

As part of the ensem­ble, Glass plays eight dif­fer­ent roles. He also un­der­stud­ies for Buddy and re­cently got to go on in the lead role. Glass de­scribes the char­ac­ter as “a puppy dog. He’s a beau­ti­ful child liv­ing in a 30-year-old man’s body, a hu­man born in Amer­ica who ac­ci­den­tally made it to the North Pole,” he says.

The per­former at­tended the Bos­ton Con­ser­va­tory, grad­u­ated in 2013, and af­ter­ward dab­bled in roles here and there and also worked for Dis­ney Cruise Line. This is his first na­tional tour and he is un­der­stand­ably ex­cited. It’s a short run, though, since it’s a pro­duc­tion for the Christ­mas sea­son. He will end his run in Jan­uary. Af­ter that he has no set plans—it will be back to au­di­tion­ing.

Glass feels “Elf ” is a show that LGBT au­di­ences can ap­pre­ci­ate just as much as any­one. He is par­tic­u­larly proud of the fi­nal scene, which in­volves a gay couple on­stage.

To­pher Payne’s new pro­duc­tion, ‘Let Noth­ing You Dis­may’

Syn­chronic­ity The­atre; Dec. 4–27 www.syn­chrothe­atre.com

Thresh­old fes­ti­val of new play read­ings

Ac­tor’s Ex­press; Dec. 5–6 www.ac­tors-ex­press.com

‘Made­line’s Christ­mas’

Hori­zon The­atre; Dec. 5–31 www.hori­zontheatre.com

‘Libby’s at the Ex­press: Ho, Ho, Home for the Hol­i­days and a Con­nie Sue Day Christ­mas’

Ac­tor’s Ex­press; Dec. 11–20 www.ac­tors-ex­press.com

Novem­ber 27, 2015

The cast of ‘Elf The Mu­si­cal’ (Public­ity photo)

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