'Seinfeld' star Wayne Knight plays Santa in 'Elf'

MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wayne Knight, who played Newman on "Seinfeld," is heading back to Broadway -- as Santa.

Producers of "Elf" said Knight will join a cast that includes Beth Leavel in the musical based on Will Ferrell's movie. When the show made its debut in 2010, George Wendt played Santa.

Performances will begin at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Nov. 9 and will run through the holiday season until Jan. 6. So far, there's no word on who will play the title character.

Knight's film credits include "Jurassic Park" and "Toy Story 2" and his Broadway shows include "Gemini," ''Art" and "Sweet Charity."

"Elf" features songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Casey Nicholaw returns to direct and choreograph.

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