PFP welcomes BARNEY THE ELF to Pride Arts!

Cst and crew announced for director Michael D. Graham’s new production of LGBTQ-focused holiday musical satire opening December 14.

BARNEY has been a hit with critics in years gone by. Purchase tickets here.

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”  Chicago Reader
“Sensational!” – AroundTheTownChicago
“truly enjoyable…” – Chicago On Stage
“BARNEY goes above and beyond…” – ChiILL Live Shows
“Theatrical comfort food…BARNEY is worthwile and effervescent.” – New Edge Media Network
“Recommended! A fun-filled, humorous spoof.” -Around the Town Chicago
“Recommended! Barney the Elf will jump start even the hardest heart!” – Stage and Cinema
“Busting with charm, uniqueness, nerve and dragaliciously goofy talent.”  – Crain’s Chicago Business
“Poignant, with lightning-fast wit and to-the-minute topical humor.” – Theatre by the Numbers
“Highly Recommended…perfect for the naughty and the nice.” – Chicagoland Musical Theatre

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The musical of an elf who must leave the North Pole to find a new home after Santa Claus retires has itself found a new home for its fourth annual incarnation. BARNEY THE ELF, Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt’s LGBTQ-themed musical inspired by the ELF feature film, will be staged in the Broadway theatre of the Pride Arts Center from Friday December 14 through Sunday, January 6. Michael D Graham will direct the production.
In Renaud and Schmidt’s musical satire, which incorporates Renaud and Schmidt’s parody lyrics to popular songs, Barney the Elf finds he must leave his home at the North Pole after Santa’s retirement causes chaos among the community of elves. He makes his way to a nightclub in Chicago, where he is befriended by drag queen Zooey, and learns to embrace his “inner elf.”

The musical was developed by Renaud and Schmidt for The Other Theatre Company, with whom Renaud is an Artistic Associate, and was produced at the Greenhouse Theater Center for the past three holiday seasons.

The musical was developed by Renaud and Schmidt for The Other Theatre Company, with whom Renaud is an Artistic Associate, and was produced at the Greenhouse Theater Center for the past three holiday seasons.

This new production will be directed by Michael D. Graham, former Artistic Director of Piccolo Theatre, and will feature BARNEY THE ELF veterans Dixie Lynn Cartwright, who will alternate in the role of Zooey with Danika Bone’t, and Maggie Cain as Mrs. Claus and Roy Samra as Barney. Cartwright and Cain played their roles in all three prior productions of the musical. Samra first donned Barney’s tights for the 2017 productions. Also in the cast for this new production are Jaron Bellar as Santa Jr., Alisha Fabbi (Cookie), Christopher Sylvie (Drew, Barney u/s), Joseph Beal (Buttons, Tour Guide), Maggie Ward (Pinecone, Kathy), Thomas Tong (Topper), Larry Trice (Twinkle, Bouncer), Brooke Emmerich (Chorus, Swing), Nico Joshua (Chorus, Swing), Claire Hart (Choreographer), Shawn Quinlan (Costumes), Becs Bartle (Lighting), Blake Cordell (Sound), Michael Starcher (Stage Manager), Christopher Sylvie (Assistant Director).

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