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"Elf the Musical" Opens December 6th at Pioneer Theater Company

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Elf the Musical opens next week on stage at Pioneer Theater Company in Salt Lake City. It’s the first time the production has been done in Utah since the contemporary classic film Elf was released 10 years ago. Pioneer Theater’s Artistic Director, Karen Azenberg says “family” is at the heart of the story, and believing in something good.

“Isn’t that a wonderful holiday kind of message wrapped up in a contemporary story, so I think for our kids now it doesn’t feel old fashioned. And I think that’s part of its success,” says Azenberg.

She says audiences should expect the musical to be slightly different than the movie but all the great characters are still there, including Buddy the Elf, Jovie, Walter Hobbs, and course, Santa.

“Plus, really incredible costumes and the sets…you know it’s a whole big extravaganza and I think, to some degree, people expect that at Pioneer Theater. But I also think in some ways we surprise everybody with the kinds of things we’re able to do,” says Azenberg. 

Elf the Musical opens Friday, December 6th and runs Monday through Saturdays, including matinees, through Christmas Eve. (No Sunday performances) Tickets are available at Pioneer Theater Company's Website or by phone:  801-581-6961.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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