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TUTS entertains in December with musicals, ELF and 50 Shades

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December is the month for TUTS fans to grab a ticket and take in a little fun with their latest upcoming shows.

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From December 6-22, Elf the Musical, the new holiday classic, will take over the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall with 8 local performers contributing to the show.

Elf The Musical is originally based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum starring Will Ferrell. The musical features a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Meehan is the Tony Award winning librettist who wrote Hairspray and Annie and co-wrote The Producers, and Martin is the librettist for The Drowsy Chaperone. Music is by Matthew Sklar and lyrics are by Chad Beguelin, who both earned Tony Award nominations for their work in Broadway’s The Wedding Singer.

As a special holiday treat, Houstonians will experience the best of their hometown’s young talent as part of the show. The cast of elves will be played by students from TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and include Natalie Davidson, Lauren Dodds, Promise Facciponte, Alexa Magro, Savannah May and Garret Morris.

Cast members include Tommy J. Dose as Buddy, Mark Jacoby and Cynthia Ferrer as Walter and Emily Hobbs, Mallory Bechtel/McKenna Marmolejo as Michelle, Jessica Rush as Jovie, Julia Krohn as Deb, Michael Tapley as the Macy’s Manager, Adam Heller as Mr. Greenway, and William Hartery as Santa Claus.

Ensemble members include Caitlin Cannon, Venny Carranza, Logan Keslar, Megan McGuff, Alaina Mills, Dennis O’Bannion, Elizabeth Racanelli, Mark C. Reis, Shay Rodgers, Adrienne Storrs, Michael Anthony Sylvester, Paxton Tanner, Marrell West and Karley Willocks.

Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or at the TUTS Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker.

TUTS Underground will dominate the theatre scene with 50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody.

The show is inspired by the bestselling novel by E.L. James and will run from December 17-22 at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall.

50 Shades! The Musical, loaded with 11 original songs and a live band backing the performance in the TUTS Underground series, also includes full dance numbers. Original songs include “They Get Nasty," “I Don’t Make Love," and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me."

This TUTS Underground production tells a sexy, hilarious story brimming with wrestling singlets, handcuffs, and helicopters with silly names. Through the interpretation of the novel by a ladies' book club, the audience is led on an uproarious roller coaster ride filled with dance numbers and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast and onstage band. 50 Shades! has played to sold out audiences nationwide and those who have experienced the "BDSM" (Best Damn Songs and Music) that make up this show will agree it is fifty shades of fun for everyone from book club junkies and next door neighbors to closet goddesses and the men who love them. Anyone who's ever heard of the book will relish in the clever comedy that is 50 Shades! The Musical.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has shattered sales records around the globe with more than 32 million copies sold in the United States alone and a 2013 Universal Pictures feature film release is sure to be a cinematic blockbuster. Like the book series, 50 Shades! The Musical is surely not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.

TUTS Underground will offer select special events to commemorate the performances with TUTS Underground Wine and Beer Garden: pre- and post-show at each performance, and Culture + Cuisine: with dinner and a show with Hard Rock Café. To purchase a dinner package, visit

Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or at the TUTS Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker.



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