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Buddy the Elf Enshrined in Rice Krispies Treats

Elf the Musical begins performances December 13 at Madison Square Garden.

Buddy the Elf stands next to his likeness, a towering statue of Rice Krispies Treats.
(© Marion Curtis)

Elf the Musical returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden this year for a limited engagement running from December 13-29. The production has partenered with the Institute of Culinary Education to create the largest structure made of Rice Krispies in New York City, and there was no better candidate for the honor than the lovable Buddy the Elf.

The scrumptious sculpture stands almost 10 feet tall and consists of nearly 300 pounds of Rice Krispies Treats, 15 pounds of edible glitter, 76 pounds of icing, 70 pounds of chocolate, and 50 pounds of fondant. Taking nearly 500 hours of work from the chefs of the Institute of Culinary Education, the sugary statue will be donated to the NYC Department of Homeless Services.

Inspired by the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf features a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. The musical tells the story 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 their inner Elf.

The cast will include Erik Gratton, Bernard Dotson, Cynthia Ferrer, Veronica J. Kuehn, Trey Middleton, Ruth Pferdehirt, Christopher M. Russo, Danny Rutigliano, Ken Clement, Darren Biggart, Allyson Carr, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Paul Ianniello, Eric Anthony Johnson, Chandon Jones, Drew King, Andrew Kruep, Emily Larger, Eric Jon Mahlum, Frankie Paparone, Emily Jeanne Phillips, Shaun Repetto, Wyatt Rogers, Morgan Rose, and Emily Grace Tucker, and George Wendt.

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